Criminal Justice

District attorney faces indictment over drug possession and misconduct

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A district attorney in northeastern Colorado has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of controlled substance possession and conspiracy and one count of official misconduct.

Brittny Lewton, who is serving her second term as district attorney for the 13th Judicial District, turned herself in to Logan County authorities Friday and was released on a personal recognizance bond, Colorado Public Radio reports.

The Denver Post, Denver7 News and CBS Denver also have coverage.

The investigation into Lewton started last summer after one of her employees reported giving her prescription drugs in July 2019, according to Colorado Public Radio. Gov. Jared Polis appointed Attorney General Phil Weiser as a special prosecutor to inspect the alleged criminal activity, and after seven months, he presented the case to a grand jury.

A Logan County judge has sealed the details of Lewton’s indictment.

“There are certain things that a DA could do that should prevent that person from being district attorney,” Lewton’s attorney, former Boulder County district attorney Stan Garnett, told Colorado Public Radio. “That’s not what’s involved in this case, which appears to involve a single incident of an exchange of prescription medication.”

Lewton remained in her job throughout the investigation and will continue to work as the case against her moves forward, Colorado Public Radio reports. She was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Her term expires at the end of 2020.

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