UPDATE #2: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley have turned themselves in and are making themselves comfortable at Mesa County Jail. Peters’ bond has been set at $500,000 all-cash in consideration of last August’s extended remote work session.
UPDATE: The Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby:
If convicted on all charges, and if they run consecutively, Peters faces a maximum penalty of 28 years in jail and a $2.7 million in fines, while Knisley could see a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison and $2 million in fines.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Colorado Public Radio says watch out, co-conspirators:
In a joint statement announcing the indictment, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Attorney General Phil Weiser said, “This investigation is ongoing, and other defendants may be charged as we learn more information. We remind everyone that these are allegations at this point and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Breaking news this morning via 9NEWS’ Jeremy Jojola, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has been indicted on multiple counts of official misconduct, criminal impersonation, and identity theft by a grand jury convened by fellow Republican DA Dan Rubenstein:
More on the specific charges in the grand jury indictment here. Charges include multiple felonies. Release from Mesa County DA’s office in Grand Junction: pic.twitter.com/ObSXTfmEEH
— Jeremy Jojola (@jeremyjojola) March 9, 2022
We’ll update with coverage and reactions. Keep in mind that these are the state charges Peters was facing over the theft and distribution of election system data in her failed attempt to prove the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump should still be President. A federal investigation into possible additional wire fraud charges remains ongoing.
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