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2 former Las Animas County deputies facing multiple charges for 2022 arrest

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - Two former Las Animas County deputies are now each facing multiple criminal charges in connection with a November 2022 arrest during which they tased a man nearly three dozen times.

RELATED: Las Animas Co. deputies fired after Pueblo Co. Sheriff’s Office found the use of force unjustified

Former deputies, Henry Trujillo and Mikhail Noel are each facing five criminal charges, including assault, official misconduct, official oppression, menacing, and failure to intervene. Both men were fired by the Las Animas County Sheriff's Office in August of 2022.

Espinoza family attorney, Kevin Mehr, said the filling of charges feels like justice.

RELATED: Colorado man paid $1.5 million after being tased by Las Animas County deputies

In the time since the incident, Kenneth Espinoza, the man who was arrested, has been awarded $1.5 million as part of a use of force lawsuit.

Body cam footage of the incident can be seen here.

The Las Animas County Sheriffs Office said it has no comment on the arrest. KRDO 13 Investigates reached out to the attorneys representing the former deputies and will provide updates when we hear back.

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