Silvas in court on McBride case


ALAMOSA — David Silvas, one of the last defendants implicated in the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride to appear in court, waived a preliminary hearing in Alamosa County Court on Monday.

Silvas is scheduled for a first appearance in district court on July 18.

Silvas’ attorney Ann Kaufman told Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday that her client had a firm offer of accessory to a crime with the opportunity to receive a deferred sentence upon meeting certain conditions with the prosecution.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley McCuaig confirmed the offer.

Kaufman said Silvas was willing to waive his preliminary hearing at the county court level. Judge Walzl acknowledged the waiver and bound the case over to district court where it will be heard by District Judge Michael Gonzales.

Silvas is not in custody. He is one of about nine defendants named in charges associated with McBride’s June 23, 2016, death. The person charged with the actual shooting that ultimately led to McBride’s death is Lonnie Cooper who faces first-degree murder and numerous other charges.

Silvas is not the only co-defendant in the case expected to receive a lesser charge under conditions that might include testifying against other defendants if necessary. Theodora Travers pleaded guilty earlier this spring to felony tampering with evidence (wiping up a pool of blood) in connection with McBride’s shooting and agreed to testify if necessary at other defendants’ trials.

In addition to appearing on the more serious charge against him on Monday in county court, Silvas pleaded guilty to a traffic infraction, permitting an unauthorized person to drive, for which Judge Walzl fined him $15 plus court costs.

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