Instead of the possible seven-year prison sentence he faced for pleading guilty to class 3 felony vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in September, 18-year-old Jesse Lloyd was sentenced to six months in Garfield County jail, with credit for three days served.
The young Carbondale man’s plea was reduced from the initial two felony charges in the case; in addition to vehicular homicide, Lloyd also faced vehicular assault after causing the May 3 Missouri Heights rollover crash that resulted in the death of then Basalt High School junior Tyler Ribich, 16, and injury of three other passengers. Lloyd, who told officers he’d consumed five or six shots of vodka, according to court documents, had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 when Colorado State Patrol arrived on scene. The legal blood alcohol limit in Colorado is 0.08.
Ribich was one of four passengers in the single-car accident and one of two ejected from the vehicle. The other teenager who was ejected reportedly sustained serious injuries. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, according to the state patrol.
In addition to the jail sentence, Lloyd will also serve five years of supervised probation, as well as 52 hours of DUI therapy.
After completing his jail sentence, Lloyd will spend 30 days in the Garfield County Workenders alternative sentencing program based out of the Rifle Community Corrections facility. Judges are able to sentence convicts to up to 90 days at the Workenders program to offset jail time.
Lloyd will report to jail for his sentence by 12 p.m. today.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash and his arrest in May, Lloyd faced misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and DUI, as well as the petty offense of illegal possession or consumption of alcohol by an underage person. His September plea reduced those lesser charges to two counts of careless driving resulting in injury.
In an email sent to the Basalt High School community after the crash, principal Peter Mueller stated that the Ribich family has asked for privacy “during this incredibly difficult time.” Restitution is not an immediate aspect of Lloyd’s sentence, though the question will remain open for 91 days, with a 21-day window for an injured party to respond.
“Failure to file results in no award of restitution,” according to court documents.