Jury finds man guilty of lesser offense in vehicular homicide case
A jury convicted a 20-year-old Colorado man Thursday afternoon in Moffat County District Court, albeit for a lesser offense than what he was charged with.
Logan Robert Arambel was charged in District Court with vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony, in connection with a Dec. 26, 2008, accident on Colorado Highway 13, in northern Moffat County, between Craig and Baggs, Wyo.
Arambel, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office alleged, "drove a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, and the conduct was the proximate cause of the death of John Barksdale."
Barksdale, 62, was a chief lawyer on criminal cases in the U.S. Attorney's Office since 1992.
Arambel's jury trial began Tuesday. The jury returned its verdict Thursday night.
The Moffat County jury found Arambel guilty of a lesser-included offense - careless driving resulting in death, a Class 1 traffic offense.
A lesser-included offense is a crime that shares some, but not all, of the elements of a greater criminal offense.
Arambel will be sentenced Jan. 19 in District Court.
Possible penalties include 10 days to a year in county jail, a $300 to $1,000 fine, or probation.
Judge Shelley Hill ordered a pre-sentencing report be prepared for Arambel.
Jeremy Snow, a deputy district attorney who handled the trial, said he would make a sentencing recommendation to the judge but would not comment on what his recommendation would be until viewing the pre-sentencing report.
According to court documents, Arambel's white 1995 Ford F-350 was heading south on Highway 13 and Barksdale's white 2000 Ford Taurus was heading north.
Arambel was behind two semitrailers, and he attempted to pass the first in snowy conditions with limited visibility.
He struck Barksdale's car head on, the Colorado State Patrol reported.
Barksdale suffered severe head trauma and several broken bones. He never regained consciousness after the collision.