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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.

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Javajoe25 July 16, 2010 @ 10:19 p.m.

I am amazed that no one has commented on this story by now.

This is one of the most disgraceful and egregious examples of elder abuse that I've read of in a long time. The fact that this man was ignored or blown off by so many people in public office is unbelievable. I assume his only family was incarcerated or someone would have, at the very least, contacted one of the agencies that exist to assist and advocate on behalf of the elderly.

I realize the son caused most of the problems, but even so, the Homeland Security people who entered his home should have seen to it that their action did not result in creating a whole other set of problems for the father. This business of his keys going missing and him being unable to access his safe, should have been a priority for someone in authority--even if it meant calling a locksmith, or someone.

The fact that this story ends with his death, possibly due to his being unable to access his meds which may have been in that safe, is tragic beyond belief.

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SK July 18, 2010 @ 3:58 p.m.

Don't believe all you read! I have known known of that family for years. You should have done your homework. He had plenty of income every month. Unfortunately he had a son that he enabled for years. Colin was offered help from many sources and he REFUSDED. Sadly you haven fallen victim to one of the funniest and most clever con men. He got you to write a full page and FREE OBIT (and don't forget the picture. The Reader should do their homework before writing a one-sided article!!!!

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navi5111 Aug. 12, 2010 @ 4:53 a.m.

Don't believe all you read! I have known known of that family for years. You should have done your homework. He had plenty of income every month. Unfortunately he had a son that he enabled for years. Colin was offered help from many sources and he REFUSDED. Sadly you haven fallen victim to one of the funniest and most clever con men. He got you to write a full page and FREE OBIT (and don't forget the picture. The Reader should do their homework before writing a one-sided article!!!!

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That's not the point you moron, I would refuse help too because I would want the government to give me back what is rightfully mine. How would you feel if it happened to you?

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