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Colorado sheriff’s commander gets probation for fatal crash

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BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - A sheriff's commander who was involved in a crash that killed an elderly woman northeast of Denver has been sentenced to two years of probation and must complete 250 hours of community service.

John Paul Bitterman with the Adams County Sheriff's Office was sentenced Friday for careless driving in the March 28 crash that killed 85-year-old Eira Saenz Sandoval.

Prosecutors say Bitterman was on duty in an unmarked patrol vehicle when he ran a stop sign and crashed into an SUV Sandoval was riding in.

Investigators say he had not been dispatched to a call and was logging into his computer system while driving in the moments before the crash.

Last year, an El Paso County deputy was sentenced to probation after being convicted of causing a fatal crash near Falcon.

Associated Press

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  1. This sentence was a travesty. He wasn’t paying attention and ended up killing someone… He needed to be sentenced to time in prison for this.

  2. Total miscarriage of justice. If a regular citizen had been driving distracted like that it would have been much more severe sentence. Vehicular manslaughter probably. My heart goes out to the family for enduring this slap in the face.

    1. Careless/Reckless driving resulting in death is a FELONY. By definition, if someone dies while a felony is being committed, it is deemed to be 1st degree MURDER. Why is he NOT behind bars. And the article doesn’t mention if he is still employed by the Sheriff’s dept. or not.

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