The Oregon man accused of helping the founder of a yoga company pose as an FBI agent to cuff, assault and threaten employees at a Boulder web-design firm last year was sentenced to work release and probation.
John Anthony Sweeney, 35, was sentenced to five years of probation and two years of work release for second-degree kidnapping on Friday, according to Boulder County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone.
Sweeney was originally charged with first-degree burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, extortion, impersonating an officer, kidnapping, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and felony menacing, but those charges were dropped as a result of the plea deal.
According to an arrest affidavit, two workers at the Goozmo web-design firm in Boulder were in their office at 1645 Canyon Blvd. on Feb. 9, 2018, when they took a meeting with Sweeney, who at the time only identified himself as "Davy."
The two men told police that Daniel Shea, 46, then entered the building dressed in an "FBI uniform" — described as a raid vest with tactical gear, including a Taser, a knife and a gun in a holster — and along with Sweeney handcuffed the two men.
The two Goozmo employees said Shea had contracted them for a project involving his company, Yogible, which described itself as a yoga travel and teaching company.
According to the affidavit, Shea said the $30,000 he spent on the project had "ruined his life," and demanded Goozmo repay him. The two employees told police Shea used a stun gun on them and threatened them with both a handgun and a knife — and said he'd hired people to kill their families.
Shea demanded $50,000 from the men — $30,000 to reimburse him for the project and $20,000 to pay for the hitmen he claimed he'd hired, though police do not believe any hitmen were actually hired.
Shea — who is from Oregon — was arrested in Lyons two days after the incident. Sweeney was arrested in Oregon in April 2018 and was extradited back to Colorado.
Police said Shea befriended Sweeney at a mixed martial arts gym in Oregon and recruited him to assist with the attack. Sweeney told police he thought he was getting paid to help pull off a "sick joke on Shea's friends."
Shea is still scheduled for trial in April.