Vehicular homicide cases


INCIDENT: On March 22, 2007, former cop Patrick Strawmatt was eluding Colorado State Patrol troopers at speeds of up to 120 mph westbound on Interstate 70 near Clifton. Mesa State College students Jake Brock and Jennifer Kois, both 19, were killed when Strawmatt slammed his vehicle into their car. Strawmatt’s blood-alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit.

SENTENCE: Strawmatt pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault and another count of vehicular eluding and was sentenced by Judge Brian Flynn to 72 years in prison. Strawmatt will be 91 during his first possible parole release date.


INCIDENT: Went to trial on charges he was the driver in the Feb. 25, 2006, car crash that killed 35-year-old Molly Gomez. After a hung jury this year, Huskey pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving while ability impaired, but won’t receive any prison time. The Mustang was traveling at more than 140 mph when it crashed on Interstate 70. Huskey maintains his innocence.

SENTENCE: Nine months in jail and a four-year deferred felony conviction. He must pay $20,000 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office and drive with an interlock device, which is an onboard breathalyzer that prevents the engine from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath.


INCIDENT: Michelle LeFever, 54, was killed near the intersection of Ute Avenue and 12th Street after being rammed from behind by a vehicle driven by Trae Frigetto on Feb. 1, 2008. Frigetto’s blood-alcohol content was 0.40, or five times the state’s legal limit.

SENTENCE: Frigetto, who had a long history of alcohol-related offenses, was sentenced by Judge Brian Flynn to 26 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident causing death.


INCIDENT: Killed his common-law wife, Jennifer Torbet, while driving west on Interstate 70 on March 26, 2008. Three others were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled.

SENTENCE: Reeves pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving while impaired, but he told Judge Richard Gurley he didn’t think he was drunk. A blood-alcohol-content test two hours after the incident showed Reeves’ levels at 0.089, but his defense attorney said a retest showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.078. He was sentenced to three months in jail and five years’ probation.


INCIDENT: After drinking all day with friends on Feb. 15, Reed crashed a vehicle into a pole along U.S. Highway 6&50, killing his best friend, John Fulmer IV, and seriously injuring 19-year-old Charles Troutman.

SENTENCE: Prosecutors initially approved probation because of the wishes of the victim’s family and Reed’s lack of criminal history. That plea agreement was tossed out by Judge Brian Flynn. Reed was sentenced to one year in jail and six years in community corrections. He can begin to serve at community corrections when a bed is available.


INCIDENT: Ashley Chapman, 28, was killed after a pickup driven by Brandon Walton plowed into her vehicle on Oct. 18, 2008. Three children in Chapman’s vehicle under age 11 were seriously injured. Walton told police he had been drinking alcohol all day while watching a football game.

SENTENCE: Walton, who said he had post-traumatic stress disorder after serving two tours in Iraq, was sentenced by Judge Richard Gurley to six years in prison and 10 years’ probation. Walton pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and three counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, all felonies. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


INCIDENT: Derrick Maxfield, of Parachute, on Feb. 28 sped away from police who were attempting to pull him over, raced through several red lights and slammed into a vehicle at Fifth Street and North Avenue, killing 6-month-old Natalia Casiano and Shandi Boetel, 21. Maxfield’s blood-alcohol content was 0.21, more than twice the legal limit.

SENTENCE: Maxfield pleaded guilty to felony counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, child abuse resulting in death, vehicular assault while DUI and misdemeanor DUI. He will be sentenced by Judge Richard Gurley on Jan. 4.


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