Victim forgives driver in DUI

Kevin Bascue’s legs were shattered by a drunken driver, leading to 10 surgeries and more dates to come under the knife.

But on Monday, Bascue told a judge mercy should be extended to the person who put him in that condition.

“I’ve sat in that (defendant’s) chair before, but I started younger when I tried to change,” Bascue told Judge Richard Gurley during sentencing in the case of Debra Devoe, 51. “I just hope things will be brighter for her.”

Bascue, injured on Jan. 15, 2010, by a car driven by Devoe, said he was pleased with the prospect that she will be parole-eligible in six years.

Devoe was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors dismissed the most serious charges, including habitual criminal charges. She pleaded guilty to felony counts of vehicular assault while DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury and use of meth.

She has five prior felony convictions and has been addicted to various drugs for more than 20 years, Deputy District Attorney Todd Hildebrandt told the judge.

Devoe was under the influence of meth, marijuana and another narcotic while driving on Iowa Avenue in Palisade, when she attempted to pass a garbage truck. Devoe was driving about 25 mph when she lurched onto a sidewalk and hit Bascue, a Waste Management worker. She didn’t stop, drove home and did not call 911.

“We thought (Bascue) was going to lose his leg completely, but he didn’t,” Hildebrandt said.

Bascue said he’s lost range of motion in an ankle and will never work again in the career he loved. With workers’ compensation benefits scheduled to lapse soon, the husband and father of two said he still hasn’t found work.

Still, there was reason for hope Monday, he said. “I’m looking for the positives here, and this is a positive,” Bascue said.



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