Undersheriff May Get Plea Deal


A Southern Colorado undersheriff who allegedly caused a terrible accident could walk away with a slap on the wrist. KKTV 11 News is asking why.

If a judge agrees to it, Otero County Undersheriff Ken Kimsey will face nothing more than a fine.

Kimsey was originally charged with two counts of careless driving causing injury, which could have carried up 10 days to a year in jail, or a $300 to $1,000 fine.

But 11 News has learned under a plea deal offered to him by the District Attorney’s office he may now only face a charge of following too closely. That means no jail time and any fine would be decided by a judge.

According to court documents as part of the plea deal, Kimsey has to write apology letters to the two women involved in the crash. But that may not be enough for the victims. Court papers show the daughter of one of the victims plans to ask the judge to reject the deal, and will be in court.

She will be in court to tell him that for herself. Kimsey will be sentenced and the judge will decide whether or not to accept the plea deal on July 26.

11 News has tried contact the Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney's Office several times to ask why they decided to make a plea agreement. Our phone calls have not been returned.

State troopers say the undersheriff crashed into the back of a car when he was off duty last July near the intersection of Highway 10 and County Road 25 in La Junta. The two women inside the car he crashed into were seriously hurt with neck and back injuries, according to court documents 11 News obtained. Their car was totaled.

Over the past year, those women have had numerous medical treatments. One of the victim’s daughter reportedly quit her job to take care of her mother. Both Vera Ruth Goodrich and the other victim, Elizabeth Domsten are left with hefty medical bills, hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to their attorneys.

11 News paid a visit to the Otero County Sheriff’s office. Undersheriff Ken Kimsey did not want to talk about the accident, but did give us this statement:

“This is an unfortunate situation that I am trying to move past. Accidents are accidents. I feel bad for everybody involved.”

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  • by responding to response to SFE Location: colorado on Aug 9, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    Sorry to burst your bubble but if you know him as well as you think you do than you know that everyone has skeletons in their closest especially him. He’s a liar, a cheater, a very jealous insecure man. You blame only one side for his stupidity. Than I am sure you are just and blind as the rest of LJ… I have moved on and have a great life but Karma will meet him some day for everything he has done and gotten away with. I only put the truth out in the open for all to see years later. We both made our mistakes I get that but when you put your hands on someone on numerous occasions and you are still sworn in to protect and serve the community from people exactly like you that is an extreme hypocrisy of the law the fine town of LJ portrays. But when you have people like you to back them up that’s why they get away with the things they do…
  • by Call it like I see it Location: La Junta on Aug 6, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    Whether he was drinking or not, he still had a horrible accident, which, back to the basics, deserves more punishment than what he is getting. I agree with Billy Bob, God will judge him, but that doesn't mean I want his irresponsible but sitting in the driver seat. And Young One. If you don't like what is being said, don't read. This is an open opinion forum and you asking for names...it's pretty shady. I agree that Kimsey should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us, he is an officer of the law. They should hold themselves to a higher degree. And I am sorry that he has slipped to the point that he, himself, thinks what he does is ok. Give someone power, and it would change anybody. I, for one, am not afraid to say my name. I have no fear of harrassment, retribution for my words, or otherwise. To hide behind a veil and speak is one thing, but to put a face to words is another. Tyler Parrish.
  • by Truth Location: Rocky ford on Aug 4, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Young one I'm like every one in this valley who knows the truth. Why would I want to give kimsey the ability to harass me and use his badge to do it. If he can get away with a DUI do u really think the sheriffs office or any police dept is going to charge him for harassing any body who doesn't side with him? And even if they do charge him the DA's office will just sweep it under table for him! I just hope that when chris decides to retire that Kenny doesnt get the Sheriff cuz if that's the case God save us all! It's bad enough La Junta has Todd quick to deal with!
  • by Billy Bob Location: MN on Aug 4, 2011 at 03:57 AM
    Mr. Kimsey will get true his judgment one day when he stands before God, the only true and honorable judge. Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • by young one on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    Then truth why don't you give me your name? Id love to know if I know you for reals and why don't you step up and say something
  • by truth Location: rocky ford on Aug 2, 2011 at 10:06 PM
    young one its funny that no dui test was completed but still numerous people saw him drinking at the golf tournament prior to accident. I would love for you to be able to prove that Kimsey wasnt drinking, oh wait you can't all you got is his word to you and as anybody who has ever dealt with Kimsey in the line of duty can tell you, he can't be trusted. Fact is that no one will step forward to say any thing because of fear that Kimsey will retaliate against with his badge used as an intimidation factor. I'm pro law enforcement, but Kimsey is a cop I can't support just based on my dealings with him and everybody else I know who has dealt with him as a police officer. I'm sorry if the truth hurts!!
  • by young one on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    Truth why don't you get a liife and stop putting him down he wasn't drunk ... you can believe any thing you want
  • by Truth Location: Rocky ford on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:57 PM
    Jackie and young one, I never said I was perfect but the fact is police officers r our supposed to be role models in our community and if my kids have to look up people like Kimsey then I would rather they not ever trust cops! I remember hearing hearing the great Sheriff Eberly say that cops should be held at higher standard apparently Kimsey never learned a thing from all the years he worked for him because he was to consumed in his own world where Kimsey is the center of it! Fact is Kimsey is a hypocrite and young one since your related try and lie to me about Kimsey intoxicated because enough people at the SE Colo power golf tourny saw him drinking vodka tonics! You to can believe the lie Kimsey tells you all you want but the facts are there! Look into them your self
  • by young one on Aug 1, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    You know what else truth you know how hard it is to watch people talk about your dad like this yes that's right im kimseys daughter it really angers me to watch people like you talk about him like that
  • by jackie w Location: otero on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    For this "TRUTH" person its easy for them to sit on the sideline and throw stones, but if and when the tables turn on them or their family i bet they wont be so quick to judge. Oh yeah just a little mental thought for you truth "If God wanted us all to be SAINTS and PERFECT then we would of been robots"... Making mistakes are a part of life whether they are small or life changing, you know people dont get up in the morning and say geeze i feel like breaking the law today.You do learn from them... But in your eye TRUTH if you make mistakes or bad choices you should quit your job and pay everyday for the bad choice you made... but guess we all forgot that you are the holder of all the truth oh wise one.
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