Man convicted of killing Windsor Colorado State Patrol cadet faces life sentence
November 4, 2016
BOULDER — A man who hit and killed a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injured a trooper while fleeing a traffic stop is set to be sentenced Nov. 29.
The Longmont Times-Call reports that 28-year-old Christopher Gebers faces a life sentence after being convicted by a Boulder County jury of first-degree murder in the death of cadet Taylor Thyfault, a Windsor native.
Thyfault was killed and Trooper Clinton Rushing was injured May 23. Prosecutors say Gebers was under the influence of methamphetamine and fleeing a traffic stop when he came upon an unrelated traffic crash west of Longmont and struck the two men. He blamed a mechanical malfunction on his car for the crash.
Gebers was convicted in September. The first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence, however Boulder District Judge Ingrid Bakke can consider Gebers' prior criminal history in adding consecutive or concurrent sentences, the Times-Call reported.
Gebers had initially been scheduled to be sentenced Friday. However, that hearing was postponed to give his defense attorneys time to file a motion arguing a previous conviction — for possessing a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon — was "invalid," according to the Times-Call.
Thyfault graduated from Windsor High School in 2012. He was killed in the line of duty while he was assisting with a crash on Colo. 66, near Weld County Road 1.
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