Former Lake County coroner Shannon Lee Kent was found guilty by a jury last week of a minor felony of second-degree official misconduct, according to the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Kent, 45, of Leadville, was sentenced to six months without supervision, a news release said. He was acquitted of a charge of perjury, which was a class-four offense.
Kent accused of sending his wife, Stacy, to multiple death scenes in 2019
Although she was not deputy coroner at the time.” “After a grand jury indicted him in September 2019, Kent testified that his wife had served as deputy coroner for nearly two years prior to July 16, 2019 – the date on which he filed a valid appointment with the county clerk’s office.”
Shannon and Stacey Kent were arrested in Leadville by Silverthorne Police on February 18, 2021, after investigators found a rotting body in a coffin at Silverthorne’s former Kent-Bailey Funeral Home. The body is believed to have been decomposing for several months, Tuesday’s news release said. They face jury trial in the case scheduled for November 15.
Kent resigned as coroner in April. There are many serious allegations against him and his wife in the ongoing cases.
Shannon Kent’s next Lake County court appearance is scheduled for September 23, where she faces charges including abuse of a corpse, a class-six felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor. The case included allegations of unlawful acts in connection with morgue services, as well as providing false health and medical information and certificates, the release said.
According to court documents, several funeral homes owned by Kent were closed in 2020 after investigators found an unrefined body, bags of unlabeled cadavers and an abandoned infant at their funeral homes in Leadville and Gypsum. met.
Stacy Kent’s next Lake County court dates are set for September 23 and 27. He faces first-degree perjury and forgery of public records, both felony charges, as well as two misdemeanor charges, abuse of corpse and cremation.
The 5th Judicial District serves Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.