Former Coroner Guilty of Misconduct
Couple Faces Additional Charges
In a press release distributed to media outlets Public Information Officer John Bryan with the District Attorney’s Office reported that former Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent, 45, of Leadville, was found guilty Friday, Sept. 10 by a jury of 2nd Degree Official Misconduct (Class 1 Petty Offense) and was sentenced to six months unsupervised probation. He was acquitted of a second charge of perjury (Class 4 Felony).
The charges stem from Kent sending his wife, Staci, to several death scenes in 2019, although she was not a deputy coroner at the time. Kent sent her to act in that official capacity from March 2019 to July 15, 2019, although she was never legally sworn in nor was an appointment filed with the County Clerk. After a Grand Jury indicted him in September 2019, Kent testified that his wife had acted as the Deputy Coroner for approximately two years prior to July 16, 2019—the date he filed the valid appointment with the County Clerk’s office.
As this case closes, Kent’s next Lake County court date is Sept. 23, 2021, at 9:15am. He faces several charges including: Abuse of a Corpse (Class 6 Felony), Official Misconduct (Class 2 Misdemeanor), and other unlawful acts regarding mortuary services and providing false health/medical information and certificates.
The Kents were arrested in Leadville Feb. 18, 2021, by the Silverthorne Police Dept. with the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement found a deceased person in a coffin at the former Kent-Bailey Funeral Home in Silverthorne, believed to have been there for several months, decaying. They both face a jury trial in Summit Nov. 15-19, 2021. Several funeral homes owned by the Kents were shut down in 2020 due to charges of: having an unrefrigerated body, found bags of unlabeled cremains, and an abandoned still born infant.
Staci’s next Lake County court dates are: Sept. 23 at 11am—a Setting; and, Sept. 27 at 2:30pm—a Motions Hearing. She faces charges of: Corpse Abuse (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Cremation-Unlawful Acts (Unclass Misdemeanor), 1st Degree Perjury (Class 4 Felony), and Forgery of a Public Record Filed w/a Public Official (Class 5 Felony).
ALL PERSONS CHARGED WITH CRIMES ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL THE CONTRARY IS PROVEN IN A COURT OF LAW.
There has been no official statement from The Kents released to the media. If one is distributed it will be added to this report.
License Renewal News For Seniors
In a press release the Department Motor Vehicles Communications Manager announced, “with the implementation of the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal By Seniors Act (HB21-1139), Colorado seniors now have the permanent ability to renew their driver license or identification card online.
The new law also adjusts the process for renewing driver licenses online. Now Coloradans who are older than 21, but younger than 80, must attest that they have had an eye examination within one year before renewing their driver’s license online. Previously, Coloradans had to attest to having had an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within the last three years.
Additionally, Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing their driver license electronically will need to obtain a signed statement (DR 2402) from an optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person renewing their license has had an eye examination within six months and the results of the examination. This statement will need to be uploaded as part of the online renewal application process.
Prior to the public office closures and under emergency guidance from Gov. Jared Polis, the DMV opened up online renewals to Coloradans 65 and older on March 10, 2020. From March 2020 to August 2021, about 136,000 Colorado seniors renewed their license or ID online.
By continuing online renewals to seniors, the DMV was able to serve thousands of Coloradans without the need to visit a state driver’s license office. But honestly, if you live in Leadville Today who could pass up a visit with Amazing Grace at your local DMV office in Lake County Courthouse?
Additional DMV Update News
The new law also allows more people to sign a permit holders’ drive time logs. Now the permit holder’s drive logs can be signed by a parent or guardian, or by a responsible adult, even if they were not the person who signed the soon-to-be-driver’s affidavit of liability. Requirements for drive time logs vary depending on the age of the permit holder.
The new law eliminates the previous requirement that the person who signed a permit holder’s affidavit of liability must be the person who signs that permit holder’s driving logs.
The DMV is expanding online services which is allowing the DMV to bring even more essential services to Coloradans wherever they are. Part of that expansion is empowering seniors to renew their driver licenses online.
The DMV offers a growing selection of online services, with over 40 currently available, including license and ID card renewals, upgrading a permit to a license, vehicle registration renewals, paying a traffic ticket, motor vehicle records, first-time vehicle registration and many more. Coloradans can access the convenient and time-saving features on many internet-connected devices, including smartphones, computers and tablets.
The DMV encourages Coloradans to Save Time, Go Online by using DMV online services. Visit DMV.Colorado.gov/Save-Time for information, direct links and more about DMV online services. Remember, the next time you need to visit the DMV, use DMV.Colorado.gov/Save-Time so you can #SkipTheTripCO with DMV online services.