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Woman who killed tow truck driver to remain in prison

Detra Farries, the woman convicted in the 2011 dragging and killing of a Springs tow truck driver will remain in prison. That decision was confirmed October 17 by the Arapahoe County Corrections Board.

They voted not to release her to the halfway house. According to the Corrections Board, they voted in September but the victim’s widow had not received the notification. They re-voted and re-reviewed and this time voted against releasing Farries. She will now go through the regular parole process.

The widow of victim Allen Rose spoke to the board about how his death has impacted her children. Thus far, Farries has served 7 and a half years of her 20 year sentence.

The victim, Rose, a military veteran and father of two children, was caught in a cable while trying to tow Farries’ SUV and was dragged for more than a mile by Farries when she left the scene to avoid being towed.

Authorities say Rose bled to death just east of the intersection of Platte Avenue and Powers Boulevard.

Defense attorneys said Farries didn’t know Rose was caught in the cable, but judges during the 2012 trial and an unsuccessful appeal hearing in 2013 said there was enough evidence to prove Farries should have been alerted by the sound of the dragging cable, Rose’s screams, honking from passing drivers, and a wide trail of blood behind her.

Rose’s death led to the passage of a state law that makes it illegal to remove a tow truck driver’s sign from a vehicle about to be towed and requires drivers to yield to stationary tow trucks.

KRDO Only 2019


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