It is a crime in Denver and across Colorado to destroy or change physical evidence related to a crime. A Fremont County sheriff deputy has been charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, along with other charges for some official misconduct. Obviously, being a sheriff deputy, he would have easy access to things like evidence and perhaps he had to lie or manipulate another county employee to access it. We are completely left to speculation at this point, as the records have been sealed because it is part of an on-going investigation. No context as to why the man was charged and what the cases is actually about has been released to date.
Douglas and Arapahoe County Tampering with Physical Evidence Definition
The Arapahoe and Douglas County, Colorado law definition of Tampering with Physical Evidence – C.R.S. 18-8-610 – is:
“(1) A person commits tampering with physical evidence if, believing that an official proceeding is pending or about to be instituted and acting without legal right or authority, he:
(a) Destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes, or alters physical evidence with intent to impair its verity or availability in the pending or prospective official proceeding; or
(b) Knowingly makes, presents, or offers any false or altered physical evidence with intent that it be introduced in the pending or prospective official proceeding.”
Tampering with physical evidence is a class 6 felony, meaning there could be a possible sentence to prison if the deputy is found guilty.
Attempt to Influence a Public Servant Definition in Jefferson and Adams County
The Adams and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant – C.R.S. 18-8-306 – is:
“Any person who attempts to influence any public servant by means of deceit or by threat of violence or economic reprisal against any person or property, with the intent thereby to alter or affect the public servant's decision, vote, opinion, or action concerning any matter which is to be considered or performed by him or the agency or body of which he is a member, commits a class 4 felony.”
This crime is an even harsher felony, with a sentencing range of 2 to 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Likely a conviction of either of the charges will result in the loss of his career.
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