SUSPECT IN REPORTER’S DEATH WAIVES PRELIM HEARING
A 23-year-old man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Denver Post reporter waived a preliminary court hearing Wednesday and is now scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 23.
Jesus Carreno, who is free on $50,000 bond, is suspected of driving into Colleen O’Connor, 60, as she crossed the intersection of East First Avenue and South Downing Street, on Aug. 31. The Denver coroner’s office determined that O’Connor died of multiple blunt-force injuries in the crash.
Carreno has been charged with vehicular homicide while drunken driving and vehicular homicide while driving carelessly.
Grand jury reviewing fire investigation. A Jefferson
County grand jury is reviewing the investigation into a May fire at an Arvada group home that killed three people and sent several others to hospitals.
Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, confirmed Wednesday that the investigation had been referred to grand jurors, though she declined to speak further about the case. The news was first reported by KCNC-Channel 4.
The fire happened early May 14 at the host home at the intersection of Robb Street and Allendale Drive. A 4-year-old girl, 24-yearold Cristina Convington and 39-year-old Tanya Marie Bell died in the blaze. Authorities have not released the child’s name.
Man charged in death of 3-month-old daughter.
Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old Lakewood man in the death of his 3-month-old daughter, who died in March after being brought to a hospital with severe head trauma.
Josiah Lamarr Jones is suspected in the case of child abuse resulting in death, a Class 2 felony; child abuse; and violation of a protection order.
Man sentenced in sex trafficking case. A man
has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking a runaway 17-yearold girl whom he provided methamphetamine and a place to stay in exchange for her prostitution work in the Denver area, prosecutors say.
John Charles Sears, 42, pleaded guilty in September to human trafficking, pimping of a child and first-degree assault — all felonies.
The 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which covers Gilpin and Jefferson counties, says his penalty was handed down Nov. 28.
Two others were also accused in the case.
Darla LaDeaux pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to human trafficking of child and first-degree assault in the case. She is set to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
Benny Gonzales pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent exposure. Authorities say he drove the teen victim to her “dates” upon the direction of Sears.