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Logan Otis sentenced for vehicular homicide, robbery

Patrick Kelly

Logan Otis, 21, the driver in a rollover accident that resulted in the death of his father last May was sentenced to five years in prison and three years probation Monday morning.

In March, Otis pled guilty to vehicular homicide and robberyOtis pled guilty to vehicular homicide and robbery, both class-4 felonies., both class-4 felonies.

Otis pled guilty to vehicular homicide and robbery, both class-4 felonies.

He earned three years for the vehicular homicide and two for the robbery. He will serve the two terms consecutively for a total of five years in a Colorado Department of Corrections facility.

During sentencing, prosecutor Melinda Dudley said it was “troubling” that Otis continued to receive new criminal charges and use substances after the initial casecontinued to receive new criminal charges and use substances after the initial case, but given his age she thinks the sentence is appropriate., but given his age she thinks the sentence is appropriate.

continued to receive new criminal charges and use substances after the initial case, but given his age she thinks the sentence is appropriate.

On a Sunday afternoon in early May, 2015,On a Sunday afternoon in early May, 2015, Otis and his father, Dennis Otis, 52, were driving on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig. Otis and his father, Dennis Otis, 52, were driving on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig.

On a Sunday afternoon in early May, 2015, Otis and his father, Dennis Otis, 52, were driving on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig.

Logan Otis 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.

A toxicology report later revealed Logan Otis had a breath alcohol content of .164breath alcohol content of .164 — twice the legal limit for drivers older than 21. At the time Logan Otis was only 20. — twice the legal limit for drivers older than 21. At the time Logan Otis was only 20.

breath alcohol content of .164 — twice the legal limit for drivers older than 21. At the time Logan Otis was only 20.

Logan Otis’ family members were given an opportunity to speak on his behalf before the judge gave the sentence on Monday.

His mother, Wendy Otis, said she is concerned that her son is dealing with grief from the death of his father and it is contributing to his alcoholism, which needs to be treated.

“He’s a good kid but he’s struggling with a bad disease,” she said.

Logan Otis’ brother, Stephen Otis, gave a statement from Moffat County Jail via video streaming and said he wanted to take the blame for getting his brother “sucked up into something.”

In December, a warrant for Logan Otis' arrest was issueda warrant for Logan 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. after he and his brother, Stephen Otis, 23, forced their way into a home, threatened the occupants and stole $150 in cash.

a warrant for Logan 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 Otis was subsequently taken into custody on charges of second-degree burglary, robbery, menacing, theft and violation of bond conditions.

“That’s my fault,” Stephen Otis said.

Before receiving his sentence, Logan Otis told the Judge Shelley Hill that he accepted full responsibility for his actions and felt “absolutely terrible.”

He also acknowledged his problem with alcohol, which he wants to fix.

“I want to change,” he said.

The Otis family requested a two-week stay on the sentence, but Judge Hill denied the motion and ordered Logan Otis to report to Moffat County Jail by noon Monday.

“You have not done well out in the community,” she said.

Judge Hill also told Logan Otis that she never wants to see him in her courtroom again and she hopes he will address his alcoholism.

“It’s too short of a life,” she said.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.


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