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Peterson sentenced to five more days in jail

Former Monument fire chief admits illegally recording conversation.

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 13, 2017 12:41PM

Roy Peterson leaves Grant County Circuit Court Thursday after admitting to violating the terms of his probation by illegally recording a conversation with his former probation officer. Peterson was sentenced to five days in jail for the violation, in addition to his previous sentences for three felony charges related to theft from the Monument Rural Fire District.

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Roy Peterson leaves Grant County Circuit Court Thursday after admitting to violating the terms of his probation by illegally recording a conversation with his former probation officer. Peterson was sentenced to five days in jail for the violation, in addition to his previous sentences for three felony charges related to theft from the Monument Rural Fire District.

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Roy Peterson will spend five more days in jail after violating probation.

In Grant County Circuit Court today, Peterson, who was convicted in 2016 of three felony charges related to theft from the Monument Rural Fire District, admitted to violating his probation by committing the crime of illegally recording a conversation with his probation officer.

The prosecutor, Senior Assistant Attorney General Daniel P. Wendel, said the violation was a “crime of dishonesty” and requested Peterson be taken into custody to begin serving the five-day sentence immediately.

“This is a serious violation,” he said.

Peterson’s attorney, Benjamin Boyd, requested Peterson be able to serve the time on weekends so he could continue to work and support his family. He said Peterson complied with the other terms of probation, completed his required community service early and paid his fines in full.

Judge William D. Cramer Jr. said he would allow Peterson to serve the 120-hour sentence on weekends and ordered him to report to the Grant County Jail at 6 p.m. Friday.

Cramer said he expected Peterson to communicate openly and honestly with his probation officer and to be available.

Grant County Communications Director Todd McKinley said Peterson’s supervision had been transferred to Tri-County Community Corrections in Moro through a courtesy arrangement. Peterson’s former probation officer, Mike McManus, who was the subject of the illegal recording, suggested the transfer.

Peterson was originally sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years of formal probation, in addition to fines and community service, after a jury found him guilty of first-degree aggravated theft, first-degree theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The charges stemmed from Peterson’s acquisition of resources — money and equipment — for fire protection in Monument and his subsequent refusal to turn over the resources to the Monument Rural Fire District, which was formed by voters in November of 2012.



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