Former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters to be sentenced on Monday for obstruction

DENVER — Former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters will return to court Monday to hear her sentence following her conviction in a misdemeanor obstruction case.

Jurors last month found Peters guilty of obstructing government operations for refusing to turn over an iPad she allegedly used to videotape a February 2022 hearing involving former Mesa County Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley. .

The case is separate from Peters’ alleged involvement in a voting machine security breach where she is accused of allowing a hard drive to be copied during a 2021 update to the machines.

Prosecutors allege that Peters, with the help of former Chief Electoral Officer Sandra Brown and Knisley, was looking for evidence of conspiracy theories floated by former President Donald Trump.

Brown and Knisley both pleaded guilty to charges under plea agreements and are expected to testify against their former boss.

Peters, who has become a hero to election conspiracy theorists, was also charged with obstructing a peace officer in connection with the iPad incident, but was acquitted by the same jury last month .

The obstruction charges stem from a video recorded Feb. 8, 2022 at a Grand Junction bagel shop where she was accused of attempting to kick an officer who was serving a warrant to obtain the iPad .

The former county clerk faces up to 120 days in jail and/or up to $750 in fines at Monday’s sentencing hearing in Mesa County.

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