Former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee spared prison, ordered to give $1 million to San Luis Valley charities – The Denver Post

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SAN LUIS — Former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee was spared prison but was sentenced to one year of home detention and 10 years of probation for his role in a high-speed crash that killed a woman in southern Colorado in late 2016.

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Greenlee was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, a $100,000 fine — the maximum allowed — and a yearly contribution of $100,000 to a charity of the prosecutor’s choosing that will not be tax deductible.

Greenlee, 77, was sentenced by Judge John Kolomitz in Costilla District Court on Thursday, two months after he pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, two counts of careless driving causing injury and reckless driving in the death of Patricia Lucero.

Prosecutors and Lucero’s family members asked Kolomitz to sentence Greenlee to prison or jail. But while the criminally negligent homicide charge was punishable by up to three years in prison, Kolomitz said he was swayed by a presentence report in which a physician said that, due Greenlee’s health, any sort of incarceration would likely kill him.

“His doctor’s opinion is that under the circumstances, a sentence to incarceration would in effect be a death sentence,” he said. “It is not the intention that one death should be paid for by the death of another.”

But to make up for it, Kolomitz issued a probation sentence double what prosecutors were asking for as an alternative to prison.

“Despite the fact that I consider probation to be the appropriate sentence here, I cannot disregard or speak lightly of the conduct of the defendant,” he said. “This is an egregious act, an act of inexplicable conduct by the defendant. It was inexcusable behavior.”

Greenlee spoke at the sentencing but spent most of it turned toward Lucero’s family and friends, and addressed remarks to them at the end of a nearly four-hour hearing. “I will live with this for the rest of my life,” he said.

Greenlee was one of the drivers involved in a five-vehicle crash on Dec. 28, 2016, that killed Lucero, 70, of Monte Vista, and left Greenlee and his wife hospitalized with critical injuries.

Investigators said Greenlee was driving westbound on U.S. 160 between Walsenburg and Alamosa when he shifted into the oncoming lane to pass a vehicle and struck Lucero’s car.

Prosecutor Ashley Fetyko said the plea was offered by the 12th District Attorney’s Office not because there was a debate about Greenlee’s fault in the case, but to spare Lucero’s family a long trial. Fetyko asked for prison time based on the severity of the crash, which she said she refused to call a “car accident.”

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