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Man who caused DUI-related death sentenced to 37 years

A man in Colorado was recently sentenced to a whopping 37 years in prison regarding a drunk driving accident. The man caused a DUI accident during the Thanksgiving season. Tragically, a teenager was killed and another person was seriously injured. The criminal sentence was handed down on a Friday.

The 25-year-old man who caused the accident pleaded guilty back in February to driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. He also pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. In addition, he was convicted of driving with no proof of insurance.

The teenager who died in the accident near an Interstate 25 exit was 19 years old. Meanwhile, the other person injured in the accident is 16 years old. Police reported that the man was heading south in the northbound lanes of the highway when his vehicle collided with the car occupied by the two teenagers. The 19-year-old who died was riding in the passenger seat when the crash happened.

If a person is accused of DUI, he or she is always presumed innocent unless his or her guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court. However, rather than going to trial to fight a drunk driving allegation, a defendant may decide to seek negotiations for a plea deal with the prosecution. While not available in all cases, a plea agreement may offer the benefit of leading to lesser charges and thus a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at trial. The attorney will fight to ensure sure that the client's rights are not violated throughout the course of the Colorado criminal proceedings.  

Source: ftluptonpress.com, "Fort Lupton man gets 37 years in DUI death", April 8, 2017

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