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Inter-Canyon urges residents to submit statements

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Judge will take comments into consideration before MacBean sentencing

By Daniel Laverty

Officials with the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District are asking residents to submit victim impact statements before the sentencing of former fire chief David MacBean on June 24.

MacBean pleaded guilty in April to stealing $647,000 from the department to make unauthorized purchases from 2010 to 2012. MacBean faces up to 27 years in prison and has agreed to pay back the stolen funds as part of his plea.

A notice on Inter-Canyon’s website asked district residents “to let the judge know how these crimes have impacted you, the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, and the volunteer firefighters, EMTs and paramedics who serve you.”

District residents have two options for submitting a statement.

The first is to attend the sentencing hearing at 3 p.m. June 24 at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. The other is to mail a statement to 1st District Judge Jeffrey Pilkington.

Inter-Canyon firefighter and paramedic Dan Hatlestad said  firefighters and members of Inter-Canyon’s Board of Directors will speak at the sentencing. 

“We are seeking full restitution and an appropriate sentencing from the district attorney,” Hatlestad said. “We feel the DA has done an excellent job prosecuting this case.”

However, MacBean has said he wants to avoid jail time and work to pay back the stolen funds.

“(MacBean) wants to be in a position where he can pay this back,” Dave Thomas, MacBean’s attorney, said in an interview last month. “He feels it’s his obligation, and that’s what we’re going to propose to the court.”

 

Inter-Canyon open house

Inter-Canyon is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at Station 1.

“We’ll demonstrate and inform our citizens of the services we provide,” Hatlestad said.

Inter-Canyon staff will give tours of the station, ambulances and equipment. Wildfire mitigation education also will be offered. 

“We’re hoping a lot of citizens show up,” Hatlestad said. 

Inter-Canyon Station 1 is at 7939 S. Turkey Creek Road in Morrison.

For more information, visit www.intercanyonfire.org.

 

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