A man who was arrested in Loveland and accused of having explosives in his Fort Collins home pleaded guilty to a charge of having a hoax explosive and was promised probation.
Nicholas Robert Dice entered into a plea agreement in 8th Judicial District Court on Friday, pleading guilty to the felony hoax explosive charge and a misdemeanor possession of drugs charge.
In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss several other more serious charges against him and agreed to a probation sentence for each charge, to run concurrently.
Judge Stephen Jouard will determine the terms and length of that probation sentence at a March 11 hearing after Dice completes a presentence evaluation. Both the defense and prosecution also will have a chance to weigh in at the sentencing hearing.
Dice was arrested in Loveland in May and charged with several felonies after the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office reported finding a stolen handgun, meth, several firearms and knives and a “chemical agent riot grenade” during a search of his vehicle and three improvised explosive devices and a Molotov cocktail and other weapons during a search of his home, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office previously reported.
His defense attorney Mitch Murray, when asked if there was a factual basis for Dice to plead guilty, admitted that there was a basis for the drug charge but waived that requirement for the hoax explosive charge.
With any plea agreement, the judge asks about a factual basis to make sure that there are facts to support the charge. Jouard acknowledged that Dice was waiving that factual basis in order to “take advantage” of the plea agreement, and accepted the plea on Friday.