On June 15, Kent received a letter from the state attorney general’s office. “We regret that we are unable to assist you,” said the letter, suggesting that Kent write to senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
In a June 16 email, Matt Chandler, spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, responded to questions about the case. “In August 2009, Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service officials served a criminal warrant to an individual wanted for threatening a judge,” wrote Chandler. “Several items were confiscated, including firearms the individual was not allowed to possess due to a prior felony conviction. All confiscated items were cataloged according to protocol and an inventory was filed with the court. Federal Protective Service has no record of the aforementioned keys being confiscated.”
When asked if Kent would be allowed to retrieve his property or look for his keys in inventory, Chandler responded: “We do not have any further comment. If you need further information, I would suggest contacting the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.”
In a series of emails, Paul Levikow, spokesperson for the San Diego County district attorney’s office, directed all questions back to the Department of Homeland Security. “We were not the impounding agency, rather our District Attorney Investigator assisted the federal officers tasked with protection of administrative courts,” he wrote.
Asked if the district attorney’s office has a record of Kent’s requests for his property. Levikow responded, “No.”
When asked where the confiscated items were taken, Levikow responded, “DHS.”
On June 16, sitting at his small dining room table, Kent appeared frail. He held the letter from Attorney General Brown’s office and copies of the letters he wrote to the Department of Homeland Security. He was discouraged and convinced that he would never get answers from public officials. He said he had run out of options.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be getting my keys back,” said Kent. “It pisses me off. I am entitled to my property. It’s the law, but I can’t enforce it.”
Colin Kent died on June 29 after suffering a diabetic seizure.