Fever Coach Charged with Felony, Remains in JailPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - On Tuesday, Benton County prosecutors officially charged Tony Wells with being a "Fugitive from Justice," which is a charge brought on somebody who has outstanding warrants from other states. Wells has two such warrants: one in Florida (possesion of stolen property) and one in Kentucky (fraud).
For the local charge of being a fugitive from justice, Wells remains in Benton County jail without bail. He has a preliminary court appearance Wednesday, at which point more details will be available. It is still unclear how out of state prosecutors plan on extraditing him, and which charges will take precedence.
Attempts to reach Wells in jail were unsuccessful. Fever GM Randy Schillinger told Scott Reister of KNDU that he'll visit with wells Wednesday to get more information. Schillinger has said that if Wells is found guilty, he won't coach next year. The team is non-committal about Wells future in the event he is cleared of the charges. Wells was arrested and jailed Sunday morning when police responded to a call at his girlfriend's house. While questioning Wells, a background check revealed the outstanding felony warrants.
Last season was Wells' first year as coach of the Fever. The AF2 does run background checks, but Wells background check would have been run years ago when he worked for other AF2 teams. The league only runs background checks at the time of hire, meaning the felony charges occurred after Wells was approved.