Samuel Rascon, the driver who rear-ended a school bus in North Delta last March, was in Delta County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
While the school bus driver and students escaped serious injury, Rascon is in a wheelchair. His Jan. 10 appearance to enter a plea was the first he's made in person. Previously, the judge allowed him to communicate with the court by phone because of his injuries.
Fifteen Delta students were seen by medical staff at Delta County Memorial Hospital following the accident. All were treated for various minor injuries and released.
Represented by the public defender, Rascon pleaded guilty to an amended charge of careless driving (no injuries) and driving under revocation as a habitual traffic offender.
The plea bargain stipulates 60 days of house arrest, due to Rascon's ongoing medical issues. He will also pay court costs and restitution.
Rascon, 49, is a resident of New Mexico. Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 14 to allow the court time to determine if electronic monitoring is available for the house arrest. Judge Jin Ho Pack has allowed Rascon to appear by phone for sentencing.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.