Sheriff to appear July 25
A July 25 initial appearance is scheduled in Seventh District Court in Monticello in the case of criminal charges brought against San Juan County Sheriff Eldredge, Chief Deputy Alan Freestone, and Deputy Robert Wilcox.
Sheriff Eldredge and his two deputies face a range of charges, including felony retaliation against a witness, reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct.
The charges were filed by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.
In addition, prosecutors have filed a motion to move the trial of the three local men out of San Juan County. Seventh District Judge George Harmond presides over the process.
After the charges were filed, San Juan County Commissioners announced that the three officers will remain on active duty until the case is resolved. Commissioners stated that law enforcement efforts in the county would be compromised by the loss of three of the eleven road deputies in the sprawling county.