Montezuma County wildfire assault case resolved

CORTEZ — A man accused of punching a Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy who tried to block him from reaching a road to get to his home during a wildfire has received a deferred prosecution.

The Cortez Journal reports that if John McHenry of Dolores completes 24 hours of community service and 12 weeks of anger management while not committing any crimes for six months, charges of third-degree assault and resisting arrest will be dismissed.

District Attorney Will Furse says McHenry had previously lost a home to fire. He says McHenry’s emotions got the better of him when the sheriff’s deputy told McHenry he couldn’t access a road that was closed by the Roatcap Fire in October.

Furse says he doesn’t think the deputy did anything improper.


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