On May 14, 2016, police received a report of a man at the Maverik store in Delta making suicidal statements. The man was identified as Brent West. He left the Maverik store and went to the residence of Stephanie Hansen and assaulted her with a weapon, causing significant injuries to her head. West then proceeded to shove her to the ground and continued the assault by kicking and attempting to strangulate the victim. This assault took place in the presence of her minor children. Hansen and her children have been greatly affected by the violent actions of Brent West.
West was charged with first degree burglary, second degree assault/deadly weapon, false imprisonment and menacing, as well as violation of protection order and violation of bail bond conditions, among other charges. On March 20, 2017, West entered a plea of guilty to second degree assault/deadly weapon, a class 4 felony crime, as an act of domestic violence. The plea agreement called for a prison sentence of at least five years but no more than eight years.
At the sentencing hearing held on May 22, the Honorable Steve L. Schultz, judge of the Delta District Court, imposed a sentence of seven years to the Colorado Department of Corrections. West was remanded into the custody of the Delta County Sheriff's Office for transport to the Department of Corrections.
Hansen was present at the sentencing hearing and told her story to the judge. The district attorney and the prosecutors involved in this case greatly admire her resilience and courage.
Several officers from the Delta Police Department were involved in the investigation of this case, including Sgt. Bentler, Officer Poole, Officer Neil and Officer Braslin. Their outstanding work on this case is greatly appreciated by the district attorney.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.