Craig man sentenced in Weld County motorcycle crash

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Tyrell Kochenower

A 31-year-old Craig man was sentenced to prison last month for his role in a Weld County traffic fatality.

Tyrell Kochenower appeared April 28 in front of Weld County District Court Judge Thomas Quammen. He was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections for the 2007 death of 21-year-old Bethany Gibson.

Gibson was riding a motorcycle with Kochenower when the vehicle crashed, killing Gibson and injuring Kochenower.

In February, a 12-person jury found him guilty of vehicular homicide-reckless driving, a Class 4 Felony, and careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor.

He was innocent of a charge of vehicular homicide-driving under the influence, a Class 3 Felony, according to court records.

For the misdemeanor, Kochenower was given a year in jail, to be served concurrently with his Department of Corrections sentence.

He is currently in custody at the Department of Corrections’ Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center.

Katie Conner and Jennifer Hill prosecuted the case for the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Kochenower also faced charges in Moffat County after he allegedly threatened a woman who testified against him in the Weld County case, according to court records.

Under an agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, he pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor count of violating bail bond conditions, and violating a protection order.

He was originally charged with two counts of stalking and one count of intimidating a witness or victim, all Class 4 felonies.

He was also charged with violating bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony, and violating a protection order and harassment, both misdemeanors.

Michael O’Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, sentenced Kochenower to two consecutive six-month sentences in the case, with 220 days of credit for time served.

Following the victim’s testimony against Kochenower last year in the Weld County case, he then stalked the woman at her home and later threatened the victim if she didn’t change her testimony, according to court records.

The victim received threatening text messages and phone calls from Kochenower and his then-girlfriend, according to records.

During the March hearing, then-Deputy District Attorney Marguerite Carr indicated the sentence could be served concurrently with a sentence in the Weld County case.

Members of the district attorney’s office could not be reached for comment Monday on how the sentence would be affected.

According to court records, the Moffat County case is closed and no further hearings are scheduled.

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