Plea deal offered in 2007 deadly wreck
A prosecutor Thursday said a plea agreement has been extended to 25-year-old Logan Lage in the 2007 traffic accident that authorities allege killed newborn Lileigh Lehnen.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret declined to discuss the specific terms of the offer, but said Lage would be asked to plead guilty to at least one charge related to Lileigh
Lehnen’s death, among other charges.
The plea offered was consistent with the “wishes of the family,” Eret said.
Lage’s plea hearing is scheduled for July 7. An attorney representing Lage said Thursday he needed time to discuss the offer with his client.
Shea Lehnen was 8 1/2 months pregnant when Lileigh was delivered via emergency cesarean section after the Nov. 6, 2007, accident in which Shea was injured. The girl was alive one hour and nine minutes before she died.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office attributed Lileigh’s death to her mother’s injuries and ruled it a homicide.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger charged Lage with first-degree murder with extreme indifference, among 17 counts.
The Colorado Court of Appeals on May 28 affirmed a Mesa County judge’s ruling last year dismissing the murder charge.
The court said Colorado murder laws didn’t recognize Lileigh Lehnen as a “person” because she had not been born at the time of the accident.
The court, however, reinstated four charges against Lage, including child abuse resulting in death.
The Colorado State Public Defender’s Office has not said whether it will appeal the appellate court’s decision to the Colorado Supreme Court.
Lage, meanwhile, is serving a three-year prison sentence related to a 2006 drug conviction in Mesa County.