Former Craig detective to be sentenced

Ken Johnson faces up to 60 days in jail as part of plea deal

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Ken Johnson

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Tausha Merwin

Ken Johnson, a former Craig Police Department detective, is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. today in front of judge Shelley Hill in Moffat County District Court.

Johnson, who was also a member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force, pleaded guilty in April to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

The former detective was also charged with accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, both Class 5 felonies, but reached a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in exchange for dismissal of those charges.

The plea deal states he cannot be sentenced to more than 60 days in jail.

Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, will be handling the case for the prosecution.

Snow said he will make a sentencing recommendation to the court.

Johnson resigned from the Craig Police Department in September 2009, and was arrested later that month and charged.

The charges stem from his alleged relationship with Craig resident Tausha Merwin, who has past convictions for drug distribution and possession.

Johnson allegedly provided Merwin with information about ongoing law enforcement investigations and helped her violate probation during his time as a police officer.

He also allegedly gave her a laptop computer and other equipment used by ACET.

Hill originally set the case for a jury trial in May, but the trial was vacated when the plea deal was reached.

Merwin, a Craig resident, is also charged with attempting to influence a public servant.

She pleaded not guilty

Feb. 17.

Merwin is scheduled appear July 12 in district court for a jury trial. The trial is scheduled for four days.

According to court records, Merwin allegedly lied to police officials about her alleged relationship with Johnson.

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