Former Weld sheriff’s deputy receives two years of probation for assault after family says he tried to strangle daughter
January 31, 2018
A former Weld County Sheriff's deputy accused of trying to strangle his daughter will likely spend the next two years on probation after pleading guilty to two counts of assault.
Derek Kinch, 32, who worked as a sheriff's deputy in the officer's courts division, was arrested in July after his family told police he'd slammed his daughter against a wall and lifted her off her feet by the throat. According to the affidavit for his arrest, he was upset with her over the length of her shorts. After his July 25 arrest, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave and later terminated from the office.
In court Wednesday, Kinch pleaded guilty to felony assault and misdemeanor assault, according to Stephanie Stout, his attorney. Weld District Court Judge Timothy Kerns sentenced him to two years of probation, in addition to a two-year deferred sentence. That means if Kinch successfully completes probation, his guilty plea to the felony assault charge will be withdrawn. If he does not successfully complete probation, however, he can be re-sentenced.
Kinch initially faced three criminal charges, including a misdemeanor child abuse charge. That charge was dismissed when he pleaded guilty to the assault charges.