State pays ex-troopers in Kemp death over $20,000

State Patrol trooper Gene Lawyer

Kirk Firko

Two former Colorado State Patrol troopers who were fired following an internal investigation have received final payouts from the state of Colorado topping $20,000.

Ivan “Gene” Lawyer was paid $10,210, while Kirk Firko received a check for $10,617, which accounts for last regular salary and accrued vacation, according to Adrianne Raiche, human resources director with the Colorado State Patrol in Lakewood.

Lawyer had been drawing salary since May 3, when he was placed on paid administrative leave after the dismissal of leftover criminal charges in connection with the July 20, 2010, shooting death of Redlands resident Jason Kemp. Firko started drawing pay again on May 25 following the dismissal of charges in his case.

The State Patrol confirmed the firings on Sept. 25. The agency has not said why the troopers were fired other than confirming the men had been the focus of a lengthy internal investigation relating to an unspecified matter.

The agency has also said unspecified other members of the State Patrol in the Grand Valley also are the focus of a separate, ongoing investigation.

Lawyer and Kemp were indicted in October 2010 by a Mesa County grand jury in connection with the death of Kemp, who was shot inside his home as Lawyer and Firko were investigating a non-injury, drunk-driving crash.

Lawyer was found not guilty by a Mesa County jury of charges including criminally negligent homicide in connection with Kemp’s death.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to prosecute the matter a second time and dismissed a case based on similar evidence against Firko.


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