Former Craig detective to change plea
Hearing set for April 13 in Ken Johnson case
Former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson is scheduled to appear April 13 in Moffat County District Court to plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, according to court records.
Johnson’s attorney, Larry Combs, of Steamboat Springs, filed paperwork Wednesday to appear before Judge Shelley Hill for a plea hearing.
Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said he could neither confirm nor deny a plea agreement for Johnson exists.
According to court records, the change of plea is “pursuant to stipulations between the parties.”
Johnson, a former member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, is charged with three felonies.
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In addition to attempting to influence a public servant, he is also charged with accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, Class 5 felonies.
Johnson resigned from the Craig Police Department in September 2009, was arrested later that month and charged.
The charges stem from Johnson’s 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 and member of the ACET drug task force.
He also allegedly gave her a laptop computer and other equipment used by ACET.
Judge Hill originally set the case for a jury trial beginning May 24.
In February, Johnson filed motions to sever all charges in hopes that each felony count would be prosecuted at a separate trial.
The court denied his request.
Chedsey sentenced to 8 years for child abuse
Brent Chedsey, 37, was sentenced Feb. 25 in Moffat County District Court to serve eight years at a community corrections facility for negligently caused child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and attempted sexual assault of a child, a Class 5 felony.
Chedsey originally pleaded guilty to charges March 19, 2009.
He was ordered to pay $5,152 in fines.
Judge Sandra Gardner ordered Chedsey to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment during his sentence in community corrections.
Three other Class 3 felony charges against Chedsey were dismissed by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.