Craig man pleas guilty to vehicular assault, robbery
March 8, 2016
Logan Otis, 20, the driver in a car accident that resulted in the death of his father last May, pled guilty to vehicular assault Tuesday.
Otis also entered a guilty plea on a robbery charge from a December incident in which he and his brother forced their way into a home. Both charges are Class 4 felonies.
A sentencing hearing is set for 11 a.m. May 16, and Otis faces five to seven years in a Colorado Department of Corrections' facility for the crimes he admitted to Tuesday.
On a Sunday afternoon in early May, Otis and his father, Dennis Otis, 52, were driving on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig.
Logan, 20, was driving the 2002 Ford Focus north when the car traveled into a left curve in the roadway and began to rotate counter clockwise, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release.
The car flipped, and Dennis Otis, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Logan was arrested and booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, driving under restraint, careless driving and illegal possession of alcohol by an underage person.
A toxicology report later revealed Logan had a breath alcohol content of .164 — twice the legal limit for drivers older than 21, which Logan was not.
According to a sworn affidavit from Colorado State Patrol Trooper Eric DiBenedetto, "Otis stated that he had consumed half a bottle of whiskey that day, prior to my contact. Otis also admitted to being intoxicated. Otis also stated that his license was revoked for previous alcohol offenses."
Otis was arraigned in county court and released on a $20,000 bond, which prosecutors asked the court to revoke several times for noncompliance.
In December, a warrant for Otis’ arrest was issued after he and his brother, Stephen Otis, 23, forced their way into a home, threatened the occupants and stole $150 in cash.
Logan was subsequently taken into custody on charges of second-degree burglary, robbery, menacing, theft and violation of bond conditions.
In exchange for his plea of guilty to vehicular assault, the state agreed to a sentence of three to five years. For a guilty plea on the robbery charge, the state agreed to a two-year sentence. The other charges were dropped.
The judge will sentence Logan Otis in May.