Man sentenced to life in prison for death of Windsor Colorado State Patrol trooper
November 29, 2016
BOULDER — A man who hit and killed a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injured a trooper while fleeing from police in May will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Christopher Gebers, 28, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 342 years in Boulder for killing Taylor Thyfault and injuring Trooper Clinton Rushing.
Relatives of the two men testified during the hearing in which Gebers apologized for the May 2015 crash near Longmont.
Thyfault and Rushing were working at an unrelated crash when Gebers hit them May 23, 2015. Prosecutors say he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Thyfault graduated from Windsor High School in 2012 and his death left much of the community in mourning. More than 50 of his classmates gathered outside their high school to remember their friend during a candlelight vigil shortly after his death.
He played lacrosse as goalie all four years of high school. His classmates remembered his positive outlook on life and how he would rise to a challenge, on and off the field.
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Grief following his death reached far beyond his hometown and a law enforcement procession drove to a public a celebration of Thyfault's life in Lafayette.
Thyfault was promoted to the rank of trooper posthumously.
Three members of the state patrol have been killed by drivers in the past 18 months. Most recently, Trooper Cody Donahue was hit by a truck on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock on Friday.