The Denver District Attorney’s husband will spend 10 days in prison on charges of arson after he left a pile of slashes on his Grand County property during a ban on arson.
Christopher Linsmeier, husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCain, will enter the Grand County Jail on November 1 to serve his 10-day sentence. He will also serve two years of supervised probation and could face jail time if he violates the terms of his probation.
“I want to tell people in this community that you can’t start a fire during a fire ban, it’s very dangerous,” Grand County District Court Judge Marie Hooke said during Lensmeyer’s sentencing hearing Thursday.
Lensmeier pleaded guilty in July to a felony charge of attempted arson and delayed trial of the offense, which means the case will be dismissed and if he successfully completes his probation. He will not be punished on his record. He was originally charged with 12 counts of fourth-degree arson in the October 2020 incident, during which no one was injured and no property was damaged.
Linsmayer is also prohibited from setting fire to his property outside the Kremlin, unless someone else is present as long as he owns the property.
Grand County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered piles of burning slash on the property October 27 when someone called to report a possible fire. Lancemeyer’s lawyer, Jack de Kola, said during the sentencing hearing that Lancemeyer started the fire on the evening of October 25, when there was a foot of snow on the ground. De Kola said Lensmeier investigated the fire the next day and left the property because he believed it had been extinguished. However, the piles resurfaced, and firefighters responded to put out the blaze.
Linsmayer lit slash piles during and immediately after the fire was banned. Eastern disturbing fire., Which flogged Grand County between October 14 and 26, burned 193,812 acres and forced the evacuation of more than 35,000 people.
Speaking during the sentencing hearing, five neighbors said they feared Lensmeyer would irresponsibly burn the wreckage of their property and one day it would be severely damaged. Lensmeyer has faced fines and criminal charges for similar charges in the past, including allegations that he made unintentional allegations. In 2016, a 10-acre forest fire broke out near Kremling..
During the sentencing, neighbors said Lensmeier. Repeatedly set irresponsible fires on his property..
“It’s jail time to get this person’s attention,” said Neighbor Escape Mayor. “She just doesn’t get it.”
Linsmayer apologized for his actions during the hearing and said he would never burn his property again. He said they burned slash piles to remove flammable debris from the property and reduce the risk of wildfires.
“I am very sorry and sorry for what I did that day, but I can assure you that I never intended to harm or pressure my neighbors or the Grand County community,” he said. “I will never set another fire on my property.”
McCain attended a virtual hearing Thursday but did not speak. He said in an earlier statement that he was “sorry” for the incident and thanked the Kremlin firefighters for removing the slash.