Driver who killed Colorado trooper during blizzard gets jail

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Cpl. Daniel Groves / Colorado State Patrol

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A man who lost control of his car and killed a Colorado state trooper who was helping a stranded driver during a blizzard will spend 90 days behind bars.

A judge on Wednesday sentenced 59-year-old John Carpenter of Centennial to jail in the death of Cpl. Daniel Groves on Interstate 76 near Roggen during March’s bomb cyclone storm.

Carpenter pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors that eliminated the possibility of a state prison sentence, but not jail.

Weld County District Judge Vincente Vigil said he couldn’t imagine a circumstance where time in jail wouldn’t be appropriate when a life is lost.

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