Man faces 16 to 30 years in double-fatal wreck

A plea agreement formalized Monday calls for 16 to 30 years in prison for a man who caused a double-fatal drunken driving accident in February.

Derrick Maxfield, 20, of Parachute, pleaded guilty to felony counts of vehicular homicide while DUI, child abuse resulting in death, vehicular assault while DUI and misdemeanor DUI.

He had pleaded not guilty earlier this year and a jury trial was scheduled for January. Maxfield will be sentenced by District Judge Richard Gurley on Jan. 4.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand Monday said he has not decided the length of a prison sentence he’ll ask the judge for.

Maxfield, who was ordered jailed without bond after entering his pleas, turned and waved to the 20-plus friends and family assembled in Gurley’s courtroom; several said “I love you Derrick” as he was led away in custody.

Maxfield was originally charged in a 14-count complaint related to the Feb. 28 accident that killed 21-year-old Shandi Boetel and her 6-month-old daughter, Natalia Casiano. An arrest affidavit alleges Maxfield, while speeding away from officers and running several red lights, crashed his Honda Civic into a pickup at Fifth Street and North Avenue.

Maxfield’s blood-alcohol content registered at nearly three times Colorado’s legal limit for alcohol while driving.

The pickup’s driver, Luis Casiano, 24, also was injured in the crash. Casiano was later charged with DUI, child abuse and driving under restraint.

Another man, Jason Carley, 24, has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of providing alcohol to a minor. He allegedly provided Maxfield with alcohol prior to the crash.

Carley is scheduled for a jury trial starting in January.


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