Former Idaho GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Pankey Charged for Death of 12-Year-Old in 1984

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MERIDIAN, ID – Steven Pankey offered to “Drain the Swamp” in Idaho during his 2018 run for Governor. He was a supporter of President Trump, sought to defund abortion and defund common core, but he was hiding a deep dark secret.   Today, that secret came out.   A grand jury in Weld County, Colorado issued an indictment for the 69-year-old man for the death of a 12-year old girl who went missing in 1984.

“Steven Pankey is accused of kidnapping Jonelle Matthews from her Greeley home in December of 1984, before shooting and killing her.” the grand jury decided.

He has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping and committing a crime of violence.

Detectives with the Greeley Police Department were present when officers from the Meridian, Idaho Police Department arrested the defendant Monday morning.  Pankey is currently in custody in Idaho at the Ada County Jail. A court date in Colorado has not yet been set. Because this is an active investigation, no further comment or additional information is available at this time.


During his campaign, Pankey’s slogan was, “Traditional core values with a biblical and constitutional perspective.”

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