Former Commissioner Newberry reports to jail

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

Former Grand County Commissioner James Newberry reported to the Grand County Jail to serve a 10-day sentence for embezzlement of public property on Sunday, Feb. 14, records show.

The sentence was part of a plea deal that saw Newberry plead no contest to the embezzlement charge in exchange for two years of supervised probation, 130 hours of community service and 10 days in county jail.

Newberry was originally charged with a misdemeanor in relation to allegations that he “double-dipped” on mileage reimbursements from Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, where he was formerly the president of the district’s board of directors.

Prosecutors ultimately added more than 40 felony charges after they discovered that Newberry had submitted reimbursements for meetings that minutes indicate he did not attend.

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