GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) 09/06 — A Colorado man with six previous drunken driving convictions will spend the rest of his life behind bars for crashing into and killing a driver waiting at a red light.
Todd Kenneth Grudznske was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of first-degree murder by showing extreme indifference to life and other crimes in the death of 25-year-old Angela Wimmer in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. The 48-year-old apologized to her family in court, said that he wished he had never started drinking and would try to honor Wimmer by helping others.
Prosecutors say he had a blood-alcohol level over four times the legal limit and was driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone in a pickup truck when he rear-ended Wimmer’s car last September. Three people were also injured in the collision.
Grudznske had been been sentenced to probation and to enroll alcohol education programs for his previous DUI convictions.
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