Former Colorado County Clerk Tina Peters, who was charged last year with violating her county’s election system, was sentenced Monday to home arrest and community service on misdemeanor obstruction in a separate case.
Peters was sentenced to four months of house arrest and 120 hours of community service with an ankle monitor for her attempts to prevent authorities from seizing an iPad that she allegedly used to film a video of a court hearing, according to the court. Associated Press. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine, a local NBC affiliate informed.
Harvey Steinberg, Peters’ attorney, did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. The sentence is suspended while Peters appeals it. The Sentinel newspaper reported.
Peters, a supporter of former President Donald Trump who pushed unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, was facing up to six months in jail after she was convicted last month of obstructing government operations.
Peters was charged with obstruction after she was briefly detained at a cafe in February last year. Investigators from the district attorney’s office showed up at the cafe with a warrant to seize Peters’ iPad, which she is accused of using for an unauthorized recording of a court hearing for Belinda Knisley, her former subordinate in the Clerk’s Office. and Mesa County Recorder.
Peters allegedly «actively» resisted officers and was «handcuffed for obstructing officers,» the Grand Junction Police Department alleged in a statement. sworn declaration.
Separately, Peters, who ran unsuccessfully for Colorado secretary of state last year, was also indicted last year on charges of election rigging and official misconduct in connection with a security breach of Colorado County’s voting system. Table. She is accused of allowing unauthorized individuals into her county’s election system in search of evidence to support unsubstantiated voter fraud theories espoused by former President Donald Trump.
Peters has denied any wrongdoing in that case. A trial is scheduled for October, the AP reported.
Following the rape-related allegations, a judge barred Peters from overseeing the 2021 and last year midterm elections in Mesa County, which Trump won handily in 2020.