Roy George Haught has been granted work release. The Star Valley businessman who 14 days ago began serving a one-year sentence in the Payson jail for his involvement in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper was given his first release within a few days of his incarceration, Jim Rich, the interim jail commander for Gila County jails, said.
"Mr. Haught will be released during his regular work hours, on his regular work days," Rich said. "He is authorized to go directly from the detention facility to the work site, remain there for the entirety of the work day, and then return directly to jail."
Haught is not allowed to leave the work site during the course of the day, Rich said.
Haught's eligibility for work release will remain in effect for the length of his incarceration provided "he doesn't violate the conditions, which include adhering to all ordinances and laws," Rich said. "He can't speed on his way to work, for example, or there could be a recommendation made by reclassification staff that his work release be terminated. (The sheriff's office staff) would review that suggestion to see if we would give (work release) back to him."
In a resentencing hearing held July 23, Haught was sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for 23 days already served. He was also sentenced to two years of standard probation consecutive to the two-and-a-half years he has already accumulated.