DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado police officer who put a handcuffed girl in a parked police automobile that was hit by a freight practice, inflicting the lady to endure severe accidents, has averted a jail sentence and should as an alternative serve 30 months on supervised probation.
Jordan Steinke, 29, was sentenced Friday by Weld County District Courtroom Decide Timothy Kerns, who discovered her responsible of reckless endangerment and assault for the Sept. 16, 2022, crash close to Platteville. Kerns acquitted the previous Fort Lupton police officer of prison try and commit manslaughter after her bench trial in July.
Kerns mentioned he had deliberate to condemn Steinke to jail, however he modified his thoughts after each prosecutors and protection attorneys sought a probationary sentence, The Denver Publish reported.
“Somebody goes to listen to this and say: ‘One other officer will get off,’ ” Kerns mentioned. “That’s not the details of this case.”
He ordered Steinke to carry out 100 hours of group service. And if she violates the phrases of her probation, “I’ll harken again to my authentic intestine response as to learn how to deal with sentencing,” Kerns warned.
Steinke, who wept through the sentencing listening to, apologized to Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, who attended the listening to nearly.
“What occurred that night time has haunted me for 364 days,” Steinke mentioned. “I bear in mind your cries and your screams.”
Steinke mentioned she hoped to meet a few of her group service by giving academic talks to new cops in regards to the risks of railroad tracks and the significance of officers being conscious of their environment.
Then-Plateville Police Sgt. Pablo Vazquez had stopped Rios-Gonzalez after a reported road-rage incident involving a gun. Steinke took her into custody and locked her in Vazquez’s police automobile, which was parked on the railroad tracks. A practice crashed into the SUV.
Rios-Gonzalez, who suffered an enduring mind damage and is in ache, was conflicted about how she wished Steinke to be punished, lawyer Chris Ponce mentioned.
“The battle that she feels is one the place day-after-day she has to really feel this ache,” Ponce mentioned. “And he or she’s needed to take care of (physician) appointments and having her life so radically modified. And feeling upset, very upset about that — indignant about that — however then again, feeling for Ms. Steinke, and, I feel, actually empathetically feeling sorry for the way she misplaced her profession.”
Steinke was fired from the Fort Lupton police division after her conviction. She is predicted to lose her Peace Officer Requirements and Coaching certification, her lawyer Mallory Revel mentioned, that means she will by no means be a police officer once more.
Throughout Steinke’s trial, her protection attorneys mentioned she didn’t know that Vazquez had parked his police automobile on the tracks.
Vazquez nonetheless faces trial for his position within the crash. He has been charged with 5 counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly placing Rios-Gonzalez, Steinke and three different individuals in danger, in addition to for traffic-related violations, together with parking the place prohibited.
Rios-Gonzalez has additionally filed a lawsuit in opposition to the police businesses concerned.