Reporter’s killer will be released
After serving 126 days in prison, he’ll be free on 6 years’ probation.
A 24-year-old who struck and killed a Denver Post reporter while driving drunk is set to be released from prison in the coming days.
Jesus Carreno was placed on six years’ probation Monday after serving 126 days in prison for the Aug. 31 death of Colleen O’Connor, 60. He had pleaded guilty this year to one count of vehicular homicide-reckless driving and one count of driving under the influence.
As part of his plea agreement, Carreno was given the chance to have his sentence reduced if he stayed out of trouble while in custody of the state Department of Corrections. Judge Sheila A. Rappaport on Monday granted his release and placed him on six years of probation, which means he must report regularly to a probation officer, avoid arrests and pass routine drug and alcohol tests.
Carreno has been housed at the Trinidad Correctional Institute. It is unclear when he will be released because of Tuesday’s federal holiday.
Carreno had a blood-alcohol content level of .206 percent, which is four times the legal limit for driving, when he struck O’Connor at the intersection of First Avenue and Downing Street. O’Connor had been on her way home from an evening walk, and he was driving home from a Rockies baseball game.
At a sentencing hearing in March, Carreno apologized to O’Connor’s friends and family for her death and offered no excuses.
“This traumatizing event I’ll regret with all of my being and for the rest of my life,” he said during the sentencing hearing. “The only thing I can do is take full responsibility for the irresponsible decision I made in the first place to drive intoxicated. I’m heartbroken, and I’m heartbroken for every one of you.”
O’Connor had worked at The Post for 12 years.