LEADVILLE, Colo. — The Lake County coroner, who is in the midst of a major legal conflict after multiple raids by law enforcement on his Leadville funeral home, submitted his resignation late Friday, Denver7 has learned.
The resignation letter was submitted just hours before Denver7 aired exclusive body camera video showing deputies uncovering decaying bodies in the basement of a funeral home. The coroner’s decision also comes days after Denver7 knocked on the door of his Leadville funeral home seeking answers to what law enforcement uncovered earlier this year.
In addition to his coroner duties, Shannon Kent, along with his wife, Staci, operated six funeral homes in Colorado. Since the arrest by Silverthorne Police in February, the Kents have turned their funeral home licenses over to the state and agreed to never apply for a license again in Colorado.
Shannon will remain in office as coroner for 90 days.
The Kents were arrested Feb. 18 on suspicion of tampering with a deceased human body after authorities found remains in a coffin at their Silverthorne funeral home.
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