Man gets 12 years in August fatal DUI accident
A Grand Junction man today was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing a 20-year-old woman in an August drunken-driving accident on Patterson Road.
Henry Stoltman, 28, had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times Colorado’s legal limit on Aug. 2, 2010, when he slammed into a vehicle operated by 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King, killing the girl instantly. District Judge Richard Gurley this morning could have imposed a probation term, up to 24 years in prison, under the open terms of plea agreement struck in January with the District Attorney’s office.
“The Court doesn’t look at you as a bad man,” Gurley said before passing sentence, later acknowledging Stoltman’s actions Aug. 2 were “seriously ill-advised.”
According to an arrest affidavit, Stoltman told Colorado State Patrol troopers he had 4 1/2 beers roughly a half hour before the accident, which happened around 9:35 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Patterson Road and near its intersection with 29 1/2 Road. King, who was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra, was turning left from Placer Street onto F Road when the vehicle was struck in the driver’s side by Stoltman’s 1986 Dodge pickup.
A trooper was within 300 feet of the crash scene, and was attempting to stop Stoltman’s pickup after the trooper had observed the truck without its headlights on, the affidavit said.
Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.