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Telluride Man Charged with Making Threats to Law Enforcement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

Telluride – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Bryan Randolph Cornwell, age 39, of Norwood, has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making threats by means of explosives.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cornwell was contacted during an investigation of a fentanyl overdose. As a result of Cornwell’s interaction with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement observed and reported that Cornwell became increasingly agitated. He then allegedly sent threatening text messages to one of the investigators.

Cornwall made his appearance in federal court in Grand Junction on May 23, 2022, where he was apprised of the charges pending against him. The Detention hearing is scheduled for May 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 6, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. before Magistrate Judge J. Candelaria. 

If convicted, Cornwell faces no more than ten years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI is working with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffrey Graves and R. Josh Player are handling the prosecution.

The charges contained in the complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Case number: 22-mj-91.



Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated May 24, 2022