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Detra Farries granted parole decade after killing of Colorado Springs tow truck driver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Detra Farries has been granted parole nearly a decade after she dragged and killed a tow truck driver who was trying to tow her SUV.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office confirmed to KRDO on Monday that Farries has been granted parole. Farries was convicted of reckless manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the killing, which occurred in Feb. 2011.

"We are not in agreement with the recent decision. This was a horrific tragedy in which a family lost a father and a husband," said Howard Black, 4th Judicial District Spokesperson.

In October of 2019, a Corrections Board voted not to release Farries to a halfway house. Instead, Farries went through the regular parole process.

The victim in the killing, Allen Rose, was a military veteran and father of two children. He 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.

Allen Rose

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.

After Rose's death, legislators passed a new state law making it illegal to remove a tow truck driver's sign from a vehicle that's about to be towed and requiring drivers to yield to stationary tow trucks.

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