Utah Deputy Enmeshed In Family Love Triangle Gets Two Years’ Probation

T.J. Brewer, a former sheriff’s deputy in Grand County, Utah, was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $826 Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemneanor assault charges stemming from a July 11 incident where he told authorities he beat his father after finding him having sex with his wife. 

Brewer’s claims about his father sleeping his wife were detailed in a 13-page police report that was released after TPM and other local news outlets filed requests under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, known as GRAMA. According to the police report, Brewer’s father, Wesley “Corky” Brewer, later stabbed himself twice after he was discovered and attacked by his son.

T.J. resigned from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office last month. Corky, who was the fire chief in Moab, Utah, and director of emergency management for Grand County, retired following the incident. Because of both men’s ties to local agencies, the Utah attorney general was brought in to try the case, which was investigated by the sheriff of a different country. 

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