Plea deal: Man nearly four times DUI in fatal accident

A Grand Junction man who pleaded guilty this morning in a fatal drunk driving accident from August had consumed nearly four times Colorado’s legal limit for alcohol while behind the wheel, according to a plea agreement formalized this morning.

Henry Stoltman, 28, registered a blood-alcohol level of .301 percent in a test performed roughly 50 minutes after the Aug. 2, 2010, accident on F Road, which killed 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King. In a second blood draw performed another 50 minutes later, Stoltman’s BAC registered at .308 percent. Colorado’s legal threshold for driving under the influence of alcohol is .08 percent.

The new disclosures in the case came as Stoltman pleaded guilty this morning to a single count of vehicular homicide. He faces anywhere from probation to a maximum 24 years in prison at a sentencing hearing on March 11 in District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom.

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 F 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 Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.






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