Man pleads guilty in drunken, fatal crash

A Grand Junction man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide had consumed nearly four times Colorado’s legal limit for alcohol the night of the accident, according to court records.

Henry Stoltman, 28, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.301 percent in a test performed roughly 50 minutes after the Aug. 2, 2010, accident on F Road that killed 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King. In a second test roughly 50 minutes after the first, Stoltman’s blood-alcohol level was 0.308 percent.

Colorado’s legal threshold for driving under the influence of alcohol is 0.08 percent.

The new disclosures in the case came as Stoltman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of vehicular homicide. The terms of a plea agreement allow for a sentence ranging from probation to a maximum of 24 years in prison.

According to an arrest affidavit, Stoltman told Colorado State Patrol troopers he drank 4 1/2 beers roughly a half hour before the accident, which was reported around 9:35 p.m. in the eastbound lane of F Road near its intersection with 29 1/2 Road. King was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra and was turning left from Placer Street onto F Road when her car was struck in the driver’s side by Stoltman’s 1986 Dodge pickup.

A trooper was within 300 feet of the crash at the time because he was attempting to stop Stoltman’s pickup after the trooper observed the truck did not have its headlights on, according to Stoltman’s arrest affidavit.

Stoltman will be sentenced March 11 by District Judge Richard Gurley.


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