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Former Colorado deputy pleads guilty to crime scene theft

Posted at 9:43 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 23:43:57-04

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former Colorado deputy accused of stealing silver ingots, a turquoise bracelet and silver dollar coins from a crime scene has pleaded guilty.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports 30-year-old Christopher Pape pleaded guilty Monday in Fremont County District Court to charges of theft, first-degree official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence.

The former Fremont County Sheriff's deputy assisted with an investigation into the death of 76-year-old Kenneth Orchard at his home outside Canon City in late May.

Authorities say Pape stole nearly $6,000 in items from the property.

The plea agreement calls for Pape to pay about $5,900 in restitution to the victim's wife Lureen Orchard.

Pape is scheduled to be sentenced in October.