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Colorado Driver Convicted after He Killed 5 Family Members from Wisconsin in a Crash

Colorado Driver Convicted after He Killed 5 Family Members from Wisconsin in a Crash

Gillette, WY: A Colorado truck driver was found guilty on Thursday of careless and reckless driving without a CDL on I-25. Almost two years ago, he crashed into a family returning to Gillette, Wyoming, killing five people.

The 27-year-old Jesus Puebla was found guilty on all ten counts by the Weld County jury in December 2022, as announced by the district attorney’s office. Tragically, the accusations were brought six months after the tragedy that killed twenty-year-old Aaron Godinez, his fiancee Halie Everts, their three-month-old daughter Tessleigh, and Aaron’s parents, Emiliano and Christina Godinez, who were fifty-one and forty-seven years old, respectively.

On June 13, 2022, Puebla was found guilty of five counts of vehicular murder, as well as careless and reckless driving, a commercial vehicle safety violation, and driving without a CDL.

Just days after Aaron Godinez’s birthday, Puebla rear-ended and killed the victims while driving an unauthorized box truck carrying USPS mail, according to Colorado Public Radio. The defendant crashed into the victims’ 2015 Ford Edge, which was traveling between 6 and 10 mph, while the truck was going at 76 mph.

The box truck’s owner, Caminantes Trucking, was allegedly held responsible by the defendant and his lawyers for having Puebla operate a “Frankenstein truck” with misaligned brakes. On the other hand, the prosecution said that witness accounts proved Puebla’s “driving was horrific” and would have put people in risk regardless of whether the brakes were malfunctioning.

According to reports, the prosecutor brought up the fact that a 911 operator stated that Puebla “went through those vehicles like butter” and “didn’t even try to stop.” The truck driver was also criticized in another witness statement included in the court document.

“I was in the left lane and kind of remember him riding my ass, and I was like, ‘What the hell?'” the witness allegedly stated.

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The jury ultimately found Puebla guilty of capital murder in each case. The Weld County District Attorney’s Office highlighted that Puebla “severely” harmed another driver that fateful day when they announced the defendant’s guilt.

As of right now, the afternoon of June 21 is when Puebla is scheduled to be sentenced.

A class 4 felony is the classification given to vehicular manslaughter under Colorado law. The typical prison sentence for such offenses is from two to six years.

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