The husband of Denver’s top prosecutor is facing misdemeanor arson charges for allegedly leaving multiple burning slash piles on his Grand County property unattended.
Christopher Linsmayer has been charged with 12 counts of fourth-degree arson in connection with the Tuesday incident, according to a news release Thursday from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Nobody was injured during the incident, and no property was damaged.
“Ms. McCann asked that I convey her thanks to the Kremmling Fire Department and to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office for their response,” spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said in an email. “She sincerely regrets the incident and is thankful that no property was damaged nor any injuries sustained. This is a very difficult time for her and her family, and they are cooperating fully with the investigation. Because this is an open investigation, I cannot provide details or discuss this incident.”
Linsmayer, 68, has previously faced fines and criminal charges for similar allegations, according to Sky-Hi News. He was previously suspected of unintentionally starting a 10-acre wildfire near Kremmling in 2016. He and McCann married in 1988, according to Denver marriage records.
Grand County sheriff deputies responded to Linsmayer’s property outside of Kremmling about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday after someone called to report a possible fire, according to the news release. Deputies and Kremmling firefighters found multiple slash piles burning near the home. Firefighters used hand tools and shovels to put out the fires but deputies were unable to locate Linsmayer on the property.
“After further investigation deputies found that Mr. Linsmayer had left the residence that morning, leaving the fires unattended,” the news release states.
The following day, a deputy returned to the property and found that four of the 12 slash piles were still smoking, according to the news release.
“Deputies attempted to contact Linsmayer via telephone and they were later advised that he had already spoken with his attorney regarding the situation,” the news release states.
A person can be charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree arson if they “knowingly or recklessly start or maintain a fire or causes an explosion” that endangers property.
The allegations against Linsmayer come as firefighters continue to battle record-breaking wildfires across the state that have destroyed hundreds of homes, including in Grand County.
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