State forces Lake County coroner out of funeral home business enterprise

LEADVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) — The elected coroner of Lake County can no lengthier participate in the funeral or cremation enterprise in Colorado. Shannon Kent signed a stipulation with the condition of Colorado on Tuesday that forces him to no longer individual and operate his 6 funeral house businesses situated in a number of mountain town throughout Colorado.

The settlement follows a FOX31 Difficulty Solvers investigation on Nov. 5 that highlighted possible moral and criminal allegations from Kent.

The condition stipulation attained by the Challenge Solvers references the cremains of a stillborn youngster highlighted in the Nov. 5 tale. The buy states, “Upon analysis, the cremains have been uncovered to comprise elements of a perinatal human toddler, bone fragments of an older/larger sized person and metallic.”

Kent was indicted by a grand jury in September 2019 for official misconduct immediately after he was accused of allowing his wife to act as a deputy coroner without any certification.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies executed a lookup warrant at his Leadville funeral residence on Oct. 2, 2020 exactly where, in accordance to the stipulation, “The Sheriff’s Department uncovered the premises to be in an unsanitary ailment and with the presence of biological squander. The Sheriff Department also identified a decedent that was not thoroughly refrigerated, unlabeled cremains, improperly wrapped bodies in refrigeration without having identifying paperwork, and paperwork scattered on the ground of the company business.”

Kent was elected as a Democrat to be Lake County coroner in 2014 and reelected in 2018. His settlement to cease all funeral property operations does not cease him from continuing to serve as the Lake County coroner.