Man faces 16 to 24 years in fatal 2007 wreck

A man faces a maximum 24 years in prison for causing a November 2007 traffic accident that led to the death of a newborn girl, under the terms of a plea agreement.

Logan Lage, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse resulting in the death of Lileigh Lehnen, second-degree assault and misdemeanor child abuse.

The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence between 16 and 24 years for Lage, who currently is serving a three-year sentence related to a 2006 drug possession case. Lage will be sentenced by District Judge Richard Gurley on Dec. 4.

“I’ll be happy with at least 20 years, but there’s nothing really that can justify his actions,” Lileigh’s mother, Shea Lehnen, said after Tuesday’s hearing.

Lage, who was fleeing a Colorado State Patrol trooper on Colorado Highway 65, drove a Jeep head-on into a minivan operated by Shea Lehnen on the morning of Nov. 6, 2007. Lehnen was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time. Lileigh was delivered via emergency Cesarean section but died within hours.

The Colorado Court of Appeals in May upheld Gurley’s decision last year to dismiss a murder charge filed by the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Lage will drop an appeal now pending before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Shea Lehnen’s husband, Sean, said they were happy with Tuesday’s outcome.

“Our goal was for him to admit he killed our daughter,” he said.


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