CO Prisons Chief’s Widow Upset At Slow Probe; Sheriff: Not Hollywood


Lisa Clements, the widow of slain Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, told the Denver Post she is mad and frustrated at the slow pace of the investigation into her husband’s assassination on their doorstep a year ago by a parolee. “We have yet to know much more than we knew about his murder within about 48 hours,” said Clements, who has had little contact with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office besides a meeting with detectives two months ago at her request. “We don’t know who participated in the plan or the financing or the carrying out, and we don’t yet have the murderer named by law enforcement.”

Clements, who is director of the state human services’ behavioral health office, said she is concerned the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation are not coordinating enough. “Each of them have a piece of the picture, but the whole picture is missing,” she said. Clements and her husband, Tom, were watching television a year ago today when the doorbell rang. He answered and was shot, dying in her arms. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said it’s a meticulous process that involves trying to penetrate a gang ring whose members “exist and succeed under anonymity and use threat of violence to secure that confidence and confidentiality.” Maketa said, “It’s just a very slow process. This isn’t Hollywood.”

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