Sheriff, deputies tried to help man kidnap daughter: Cops

From left to right: Iron County Sheriff Jeffery Burkett, Deputy Chase Brasnahan, Deputy Matt Cozad and Rick Gaston face charges in a kidnapping plot. (Mugshots courtesy of Washington County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office)

A sheriff in Missouri and two of his deputies face kidnapping, conspiracy and criminal street gang activity charges alleging they tried to help a man kidnap his daughter after an argument with his wife.

Jeff Burkett, 46, the sheriff of Iron County, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis, was arrested Thursday along with Deputies Matthew Cozad and Chase Bresnahan and the father, Donald Gaston.

According to charging documents cited by NBC St. Louis affiliate KSDK, it all started in February when Burkett, Gaston, Bresnahan and Cozad tried to help Gaston kidnap his daughter after an argument between Gaston and the mother of his daughter.

The suspects called 911 to have the mother arrested and put a “stop and hold” notice on her record so that if police stopped her, she would be detained, the outlet reported. They monitored the mother and daughter’s locations through their cellphones.


Sheriff, deputies tried to help man kidnap daughter: Cops

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