Man gets 48-year sen­tence in fa­tal shoot­ing of cab driver

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

A 20-year-old man has been sen­tenced to 48 years in prison for the Septem­ber 2015 fa­tal shoot­ing of a Den­ver taxi cab driver dur­ing a botched rob­bery.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the sen­tence was the max­i­mum al­lowed for Dasean Perry un­der a plea agree­ment. In Septem­ber, he ad­mit­ted to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and at­tempted ag­gra­vated rob­bery in the slay­ing of 49year-old Darren Bloomquist.

Bloomquist was driv­ing a cab early on Sept. 5, 2015, and was dis­patched to the 20000 block of E. Mitchell Place. The Den­ver District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice says when he ar­rived, Bloomquist was shot and killed dur­ing an at­tempted rob­bery.

The sen­tence was handed down Thurs­day in Den­ver District Court, pros­e­cu­tors say. Perry had just turned 19 when the shoot­ing hap­pened.

Bloomquist was a taxi driver out of ne­ces­sity, but the psy­chol­o­gist by train­ing worked for four years to make ends meet fer­ry­ing Den­ver pas­sen­gers with the same em­pa­thy he showed in other as­pects of his life, his loved ones and col­leagues said.

Bloomquist joined the Air Force af­ter col­lege and served state­side dur­ing Desert Storm as an as­sis­tant to the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, his obit­u­ary said.

“Darren was a kind and lov­ing hus­band, son, brother, un­cle and friend,” the death no­tice said. “He had a love for an­i­mals, es­pe­cially cats. He en­joyed fan­tasy role-play­ing games, draw­ing pic­tures, mazes and writ­ing. He had a num­ber of nov­els in progress.”

Bloomquist’s widow, Melva, said her hus­band was spe­cial and fun-lov­ing.

“My heart is bro­ken,” she said at a me­mo­rial. “I don’t know what to do. Darren was my sole care­giver and my sole provider.”

The slay­ing put the city’s safety mea­sures for cab driv­ers in the spot­light.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras have been shown to re­duce the num­ber of mur­ders of cab driv­ers in cities where they are in com­mon use.

The cab that Bloomquist was driv­ing, like many of those in Den­ver, didn’t have one.

Bloomquist was at least the eighth cab driver killed on the job in Den­ver since 1972, ac­cord­ing to a list com­piled by Taxi Li­brary.

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