Denver DA Beth McCanns husband pleads guilty in arson case

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann’s husband pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted arson after he left slash piles burning unattended in Grand County last year.

Christopher Linsmayer, 69, was charged with multiple counts of arson after he left several slash piles burning hear his property outside Kremmling in October.

On Thursday, he pleaded to felony attempted arson and misdemeanor attempted arson in deferred judgments, which means the case will be dismissed and sealed if he completes a two-year probation period.

He will be sentenced Oct. 14.

McCann declined to comment through a spokeswoman Thursday. She previously said she “sincerely regrets the incident.”

Linsmayer’s attorneys and 14th Judicial District Attorney Matt Karzen did not immediately return requests for comment Thursday.

Deputies with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office discovered the burning slash piles on the property on Oct. 27 after someone called to report a possible fire.

Firefighters used hand tools and shovels to put out the fires, and later discovered that Linsmayer had left that morning, leaving the piles burning. No property was damaged and no one was injured.

Linsmayer 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.

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