How do you feel about former Craig Police detective Ken Johnson's sentence of seven days in jail plus work release, probation, community service and fines for his felony conviction?

I feel the sentence is too lenient. 421 votes

90.73%

I feel the sentence is too harsh. 14 votes

3.02%

I feel the sentence is equivalent to the crime. 29 votes

6.25%

464 total votes

Comments

chrisbcritr 3 years, 10 months ago

waaaaaay toooooooo lenient. i mean when you catch a snake you dont just set it out on the porch do ya?

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horsegalibe 3 years, 10 months ago

Seems to me he should have gone to jail for at least a year.....and NO work release. Mr. Johnson messed up many peoples lives in Moffat County. But then I really didn't think he would get much of a sentence.

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twin2175 3 years, 10 months ago

In the opinion poll, what 4 people think that the sentence is too harsh, maybe, Tausha, Ken, and their families? What kind of example does that set for the rest of our city? I guess it tells us that we can commit felonies and just get our hand slapped for it. This is a sad example of how our community deals with felons and the crimes they commit. Both Tausha and Ken should be in jail for at least 1-year, if not longer for the crimes they committed.

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breeze_n_life 3 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we should order him up a slice of good ole fashion PRIME RIB dinner for his first night with a Big ole bake potato and lovely glass of wine, while you're at it. For real!!!!! Does he get pool priveledges too? Just remember this is a precident setting moment!

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taxslave 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget.....it's your tax dollar paying for all this representation. Governments don't have money. They only have what they take from you. We pay them to do us dirty.....think about it.

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needstoknow 3 years, 10 months ago

I feel everyone needs a second chance in life!!! Yes he did wrong an he knows he did wrong, but thats no excuse.... Look at it this way he WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PROTECT AN SERVE AGAIN WILL HE????????

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kp81625 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank god for that! Mr. Johnson, being a former police officer, should be held higher than most ordinary citizens to the laws that govern our city, county, state and country. He was in a high profile position that he chose to apply for and should have accepted that fact. I know that he has, by his actions, chosen to give up this position and he should have the strongest, most harshest sentence available for his crime. I also know that Mr. Snow and the DA, Elizabeth Oldham, chose instead to protect their own in this case. How unfortunate. It has sent a message to our community that lying, cheating, stealing, and hanging with the wrong crowd is all okay. I'm glad my children are grown so I won't have to answer questions that younger children will obviously have for their parents.

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firstofthefallen 3 years, 10 months ago

I've served more time for a lesser crime without being in a position of trust and authority. This really is a moment of shame for the local court system and DA's office and certainly will set a precident. I would have loved to get off the hook this easily but I guess a badge gets people very special privileges. Even if it is tarnished.

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oldtimertaxpayer 3 years, 10 months ago

Citizens wake up and take a good look at our local justice system- Jeremy Snow, Elizabeth Oldham and even Judge Hill need your scrutiny. Many things are amiss here.

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dexter 3 years, 10 months ago

Finally, some people are starting to see what I have been complaining about for the past year and a half. Our judicial system in Moffat County is a joke. Starting with the DA's office and former DA Snow, Judge Hill, and parts of our law enforcement. The one time that Hill is given a chance to really hold someone up as an example for the community of "what not to do" she doesn't do it, and yet she punishes someone of a misdemeanor that isn't even from this community and states in her sentencing that "she wants to punish him and use him as an example for our community". Why? The last I knew being charged with a felony is a much more serious offense then a traffic misdemeanor. Kind of makes you wonder whose litter box the DA and Judge are playing in doesn't it?

Did those of you who are voter's know that before a judge is voted on for retention elections that there is a survey done by the Colorado Judicial Performance review board as to their job performance, integrity, understanding of the law, and service to the public. Judges’ evaluations are developed through survey questionnaires completed by a random sample of persons who have appeared in court before the judge: attorneys (including prosecutors, public defenders, and private attorneys), jurors, litigants, law enforcement personnel, employees of the court (including law clerks), court interpreters, employees of probation offices, employees of local departments of social services, victims of crime, and appellate judgescolleagues and people that have appeared before them in court, law enforcement, and court staff. You can go to this website to see results of the surveys http://www.coloradojudicialperformance.gov/. My question is why don't we ever see any this information about judges who are up for retention elections in the paper etc. How can we make a informed decision if we don't have any information about them? By the way, Judge Hill isn't up for a retention election for another 5 years. ;o(

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infofact 3 years, 10 months ago

I suggest that the next person brought up on felony charges cite this case for their sentencing. This man was a police officer, charged with upholding the law, he is held to a higher standard, except in Craig. He lied, stole merchandise, sabotaged drug cases, and the list goes on. However, like I said before he was sentenced, they could not afford to take him to court because of the many other things that would come out, not only about him but other individuals in Craig. It was in the best interests of the powers that be to get rid of this case asap. Johnson held the cards, lenient sentence for his silence. Gotta love it.

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needstoknow 3 years, 10 months ago

Sooo infofact if all that you are sayin is true then where an how do u have this information??? are you on the inside???? Is that how you know soo much? An there is a thing called HEAR SAY. If everyone tried that how far do you think any of them would get really???? How many other BAD cops have we had in the system??? A few that I know of, I agree Ken Johnson was in the wrong with all that he did not only to the police dept. but the community as well, an yes that does not set a good example for kids that look up to cops as their hero's!!!! I'm not taking sides here but would like to know how you know so much about the case when I DON"T recall alot of what you have said to have been published in the paper?????

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infofact 3 years, 10 months ago

needstoknow - The information is there, if you care to look. Let's see, he took property belonging to someone else and gave it to some one else, without permission - that's theft. The lies are all over the place. He was on the drug task force, "dating" one of their suspects, who is also the person that received the "borrowed merchandise". I'm very sure that he never discussed task force business with her - aren't you? Apparently some of his superiors knew what was happening and chose to "misinterpt" what was happening, or didn't realize the extent of it - re: Vanetta, which he talked about in front of the council. Nothing on Johnson was hearsay - can you say indictment? The only thing being discussed here was his sentencing, which if you care to investigate is considered lenient. No, I'm not on the inside, you don't have to be to know this is wrong. .

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taxslave 3 years, 10 months ago

The lawless one is released. The judicial system of the country is corrupt. The president himself is corrupt and a non-citizen, so again, don't be so surprised.

The sheriff, supreme law of the county, should be arresting everyone for not upholding their oath of office, To uphold the Constitution of USA. If constitution is not in effect why do they pledge to keep it.

The whole world is out-of-order.

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theopendoor 3 years, 9 months ago

Makes you wonder, doesn't it people.......just what kind of aces Mr Johnson was holding. Even when they had the chance to make things right....they let the rat out of the cage. Maybe you all will start doing alot more investigating into the leaders you vote in to your public offices. If you don't start wising up, it may be to your detriment. You need to rein in these wild horses and pick some officials that want to straighten out the community, and bring justice back. There's too much grey area out there. Laws are black and white...right or wrong. You don't get to slide because you're a judge or because you were once a cop. They keep setting there own rules. Leniency should not be tolerated. Get people in there with some backbone. I'd like to know just what information Johnson had that made them decide play nice. Who else was gonna get in trouble? Scarey stuff people....don't let this fall through the cracks!

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