Suspect in fatal crash hears charges
If found guilty of all counts, man could face up to 84 years in prison
The Parachute man being held in connection with the deaths of a mother and her 6-month-old daughter Saturday morning could face as many as 84 years in prison.
Derrick Maxfield, 20, learned Thursday morning of the dozen charges he faces in connection with the 1 a.m. collision of his vehicle and a pickup truck carrying Shandi Boetel, 21, and her daughter, Natalia Casiano, at Fifth Street and North Avenue.
More than 25 people from the Parachute area filled half the courtroom of Mesa County District Judge Dick Gurley, along with friends of Boetel and her common-law husband, Luis Casiano.
Casiano was seriously injured in the collision that killed Boetel and his daughter.
The charge that carries the most significant penalty, child abuse resulting in death, carries a sentencing range of eight to 48 years.
In the case of both deaths, Maxfield is charged with vehicular homicide as a result of reckless driving and as a result of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The maximum penalty for those charges is 12 years. He also faces a felony assault charge on Luis Casiano that could net a 12-year sentence.
Maxfield faces consecutive sentences for each of the victims in the collision, leading to the possible 84-year sentence, prosecutor Mark Hand said.
Maxfield also faces an array of drunken-driving and speeding charges and other traffic infractions.
An investigation into the case is continuing, police said.
Maxfield, whose forehead was stitched with a series of several metal staples on the right side, said nothing during the hearing.
Relatives and friends from Parachute, however, said they wanted him to know the community was hoping for the best for him.
“Derrick is a great kid who made a horrible mistake,” said Mike Johnson, his football coach at Grand Valley High School. Maxfield graduated in 2007.
“A lot of people care about Derrick and care about what happens to him,” Johnson said.
“I’m just praying for him,” said Rose Guerrero, a cheerleader during Maxfield’s high school years.
Darlene Rose, an aunt of Maxfield, stood for a while with the friends of Boetel and Casiano and said she had asked their permission to place flowers at the intersection where the collision occurred.
“They said yes,” Rose said. “They’re very generous people.”
The families of Casiano and Boetel are eligible to apply for $5,000 for burial from a fund for victims administered by the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.