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Drunk and high driver sentenced to 30 years for deadly downtown crash

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 15:46:32-04

DENVER, Colo. — A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a drunk and high driving crash that killed a man in January 2019.

Judge Kenneth Laff handed down the sentence to Jaime Bautista-Sanchez after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence (third or subsequent alcohol offense) in September.

The crash happened on Jan. 19, 2019 at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Osage Street in downtown Denver around 11:15 a.m., according to Bautista-Sanchez's arrest affidavit. The Denver District Attorney's Office said Bautista-Sanchez was going 90 mph, ran the red light at the intersection and crashed into Ethan Small, 28, killing him.

Bautista-Sanchez's blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .186 and .2 at the time of the crash. THC, Benzos and Cocaine metabolite were also found in his system. His license was under suspension/revocation and he had a previous DUI conviction out of Jeffco from January 2012.

“My hope is that this sentence brings Mr. Small’s family some peace in what has surely been a dark time for them," Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said.

The judge sentenced Bautista-Sanchez to 30 years for second-degree murder, 30 years for the assault charge, 12 years for the vehicular homicide charge and one year for the DUI charge. The sentences run concurrently.