Lewiston man faces prison for felony grand theft, forgery

A Lewiston man is facing a possible life sentence and $50,000 fine for felony charges of grand theft and forgery.

29-year-old Zachary Melzo was arrested earlier this week for allegedly attempting to cash a check at the Money Tree on Thain Road that was written out to Hells Canyon Armory.

Police say the check was stolen from the Hells Canyon Armory mailbox.

Nez Perce County Deputy Prosecutors say Melzo a persistent violator because he has been convicted on three previous felonies. The persistent violator tag allows a judge to sentence a persistent felon to life in prison.

Court records show Melzo was convicted of grand theft and possession of a financial transaction card in Lewis County in May 2015, and possession of a financial transaction card in Idaho County in July 2014.

Bond was set at $15,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 19th. (Lewiston Tribune)