SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah May 12, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced today that it filed charges against the San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies for criminal misconduct involving another person within the San Juan Sheriff’s Office and obstructing the investigation into that misconduct. The charges come after an investigation by the OAG.
“It is never pleasant to bring charges against a fellow public servant, but when it is necessary, we will diligently do our jobs to assist the Court in holding them accountable,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes.
The OAG Justice Division’s Special Prosecutions Section charged San Juan County Sheriff Richard A. Eldredge with one felony and three misdemeanor counts, including Retaliation against a Witness or Victim, Reckless Endangerment, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct. Chief Deputy Sheriff Alan P. Freestone is charged with one felony and two misdemeanors, including Retaliation against a Witness or Victim, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct. Deputy Robert J. Wilcox is charged with three misdemeanors, including Reckless Endangerment, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct.
If convicted, the felony charges carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5000.00. The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum jail sentence of one year for a Class A Misdemeanor and six months for a Class B Misdemeanor. Each Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless convicted in accordance with the law.
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