The bail hearing for Frank Gutierrez, 66, of Idyllwild, arrested in July 2015, was held Wednesday, March 9. After reading a report and hearing arguments from his public defender, Melissa McConaghay, Judge Bambi Moyer reduced his bail $50,000 to $200,000.
Gutierrez remains in custody until the rescheduled Felony Settlement Conference on Friday, March 18.
Gutierrez was arrested for various drug-related felonies and prior convictions. This occurred during an arrest of Lisa Marie Brown, 40, of Riverside, for hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and possession for sales of methamphetamine. The arrests were made in Idyllwild.
His arrest appeared to be a byproduct of Brown’s arrest, who later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in state prison.
In September, when his hearing was scheduled, Gutierrez failed to appear and violated his bail bond of $5,000. But he was apprehended and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department last month.