Former chief of Sterling, Eagle fire departments pleads guilty to theft, official misconduct
The former chief of the Sterling Fire Department pleaded guilty last week to theft over $20,000 — a felony — and first-degree official misconduct following accusations he stole more than $120,000 over several years while leading the force.
Kurt Vogel, who was fired from his most recent job as head of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District following his August arrest in the case, also agreed to pay back all of the money and give back the items he stole, prosecutors say.
Brittny Lewton, 13th Judicial District Attorney, says Vogel entered his plea on Thursday. He will be sentenced on Feb. 8, 2017, and faces up to eight years in prison.
“All other counts were dismissed and the court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report be completed by our probation department,” Lewton told The Denver Post.
The 53-year-old was initially arrested on additional counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery.
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