Father: Suspect in fatal car crash should go to jail
The father’s anger is clear. He wants his daughter back. But Josanna Reece was killed in a car accident on New Year’s Day outside Carbondale.
In a terse, handwritten statement included in court papers, Douglas Shockley tells of the pain his daughter’s death has caused. The driver of the vehicle, Stormy Lindblom, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and careless driving causing injury.
In a victim impact statement, Shockley, of Ridgway, wrote:
“This crime killed my daughter at age 22. She was just married, her work was just taking off, and a child was planned. All I have left are memories and starting over.”
The questionnaire also asks how the suspect, if she is found guilty, should be sentenced.
“I am firm about this: She ” Ms. Lindblom ” should go to prison,” Shockley wrote. “She can receive treatment there. If people think they can drink and drive and get away with it, they will!!”
Lindblom, a 25-year-old Fort Collins resident, made a brief appearance in court Monday. Her arraignment was continued until April to allow her attorney, Chip McCrory, another month to continue the defense’s investigation.
She was allegedly drunk when she lost control of her Toyota Rav4 nine miles outside Carbondale in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. The vehicle rolled down an embankment and struck a tree.
Reece, who lived in Redstone, died instantly. Lindblom and another passenger were not seriously hurt.
McCrory said he could not comment. Judge James Boyd set her next court appearance for April 18.
In other court matters Monday:
– The lawyer for Shaun Van Dyke, accused of having sex with an underage girl he met while working at the Aspen Recreation Center ice rink, said he is working toward a plea bargain.
John Van Ness’ request for a continuance was not protested by Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols. Van Dyke is charged with sexual assault on a child, a felony. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 21.
– An Aspen man pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender in a plea bargain.
Christian Gamblin, 43, had faced two other charges of failure to register. Those charges were dropped.
Gamblin, convicted of a felony sex crime in the 1980s in Utah, provided false information to Aspen police, including different license plate numbers and a wrong phone number for an employer. He will be sentenced April 18.
– The public defender representing a man who allegedly called in a bomb threat at a construction site last September asked for a continuance.
Brock Timmer, 42, is charged with making a bomb threat, a felony. He was working as a road flagger at the Burlingame Ranch site when he allegedly phoned in the threat. Defense attorney Jamie Roth asked for the extension to avoid conflicts with Timmer’s trial on an assault charge in Mesa County.
He will be arraigned in Pitkin County on June 6.
– A former St. Regis employee pleaded guilty to stealing a Lexus SUV from the luxury hotel in January and was sentenced to probation and community service.
Philip Nance, 27, who worked in the hotel’s security department, used the vehicle for a trip to Glenwood Springs. It was reported as stolen and found two days later in Aspen.
Nichols recommended a short jail sentence for Nance, who has a prior theft conviction. Roth pointed out that his client admitted to the crime and asked for 100 hours of community service.
“Being honest is what got me here,” said Nance, who now resides in Nebraska. “I wasn’t trying to get away with anything.”
“If you complete the terms of probation, I don’t think jail is warranted,” Boyd told him.
The judge sentenced him to 18 months of probation and 120 hours of community service, which he can perform in the Cornhusker state.
Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.