Former Colorado county clerk Tina Peters sentenced to four months of home detention

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Tina Peters speaks during a debate on Feb. 25, 2023, in Hudson, Colo. A former Colorado county clerk accused of illegally accessing her election system has avoided jail time for a misdemeanor obstruction conviction in another case. A judge sentenced Peters on Monday, April 10, 2023, to 120 hours of community service and four months of home detention with an ankle monitor for trying to prevent authorities from taking an iPad she allegedly used to videotape a court hearing. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Former Colorado county clerk Tina Peters sentenced to four months of home detention

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Former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters was given a sentence of four months of home detention after being found guilty of obstruction for trying to prevent investigators from accessing certain material during a search.

She was also sentenced to 120 hours of community service. Peters’s team vowed to appeal the decision, which was handed down Monday after she was found guilty on a misdemeanor obstruction charge last month. She had faced up to six months behind bars.

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As part of her sentencing, she must also pay a $750 fine and wear an ankle monitor to carry out her home detention sentence. The presiding judge quickly stayed the sentencing due to her impending appeal. Peters was found guilty in the case back in March.

In February of last year, Peters was arrested by police while authorities sought to carry out a search warrant. The obstruction case against her stemmed from her lack of cooperation, per an affidavit in the case.

At one point during the search, Peters allegedly tried to prevent investigators from accessing certain material, “actively” resisted them, and even attempted to kick one, according to the document.

Peters is one of the most prominent election deniers in Colorado from the 2020 cycle. She is facing a separate 10-count indictment for misdemeanor and felony charges related to an election security breach. That case is slated to head to trial in October.

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Peters allegedly permitted a consultant to create an unauthorized copy of the vote-counting equipment’s hard drive in 2021. Subsequently, leaked information such as passwords and material from Dominion Voting Systems machines emerged online, whereupon authorities traced it back to Mesa County. Peters denied wrongdoing.

A judge banned her from overseeing the 2020 election. She unsuccessfully vied for the GOP nod to become Colorado’s secretary of state.

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