According to the Office of the Attorney of the Fifth Judicial District, last week, a jury ruled that former Lake County Coroner Shannon Lee Kent was guilty of second-level official misconduct, which was a minor crime.
According to the press release, 45-year-old Kent of Leadville was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. He was acquitted of perjury, which is a fourth degree felony.
The allegations stemmed from “Kent sent his wife Stasi to several death scenes in 2019, even though she was not the deputy coroner at the time,” the press release said. “After the grand jury sued him in September 2019, Kent testified that his wife served as deputy for approximately two years before July 16, 2019, the date he submitted a valid appointment to the county clerk’s office. The coroner.”
Shannon and Staci Kent were arrested by Silverthorne police in Leadville on February 18, 2021, after investigators found a decomposed body in the coffin of the former Kent-Bailey funeral home in Silverthorne. The press release on Tuesday stated that the body is believed to have been decaying for several months. They will undergo a jury trial in a case scheduled for November 15.
Kent resigned as coroner in April. He and his wife are facing multiple felony charges in an ongoing case.
Shannon Kent’s next Lake County court appearance is scheduled for September 23, when he will face charges including corpse abuse, grade 6 felony, and official misconduct (misdemeanor) . The press release stated that the case involved alleged illegal acts related to mortuary services and allegations of providing false health and medical information and certificates.
According to court documents, after investigators found an unrefrigerated body, bags of unlabeled ashes, and an abandoned stillborn baby in the funeral homes in Leadville and Gypsum, several funeral homes owned by the Kents in 2020 The year was closed.
Staci Kent’s next Lake County court date is set for September 23 and 27. She faces first-degree charges of perjury and falsification of public records, two felonies, and two misdemeanor charges, corpse torture and illegal cremation.
Judicial District 5 serves Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties.