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Grajeda sentenced to 3 years in vehicular homicide

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On June 11, Delta District Court Judge Steve L. Schultz sentenced Gerardo Grajeda to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, plus parole costs and fees in the death of Leonardo Grajeda-Salazar.

The death occurred as a result of Grajeda losing control of a 1996 GMC Yukon SUV.

Grajeda was remanded into custody after the sentencing and will receive no credit for time served.

On March 11 Grajeda pled guilty to vehicular homicide-reckless driving, a class 4 felony, and violation of a criminal protection order, a class 1 misdemeanor. The sentences were imposed as the result of a June 5, 2016, car crash near Colorado Highway 65 near milepost 22.56 in Delta County.

Leonardo Grajeda-Salazar, also Grajeda's uncle, was the only passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene. The victim's wife and two daughters were present for the sentencing, along with numerous other members of his family, Deputy district attorney Matthew Magliaro read a letter on behalf of the victims to the judge, extending condolences to the family of Grajada-Salazar for this loss.

The loss affected the victim's, Mr. Grajeda-Salazar's, immediate and extended family. The death is even more tragic as it involved two members of the same family which resulted in the death of Grajeda-Salazar.

Alcohol and marijuana containers were found on scene. Grajeda did not remain on scene and was picked up by a passerby headed to work, who subsequently called 911.

Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene and conducted the investigation. The Cedaredge Fire Department, Delta County Sheriff's Department, and Colorado Department of Transportation also responded to the scene. Grajeda declined to provide a statement at the time, or to cooperate with law enforcement. The DNA found at the scene matched that of Grajeda.

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