GRAND JUNCTION — A Colorado man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after repeated DUI convictions, the most recent for a crash that seriously injured an 83-year-old man.
The Daily Sentinel reports that 33-year-old Johnathon Miller of Grand Junction pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in the May 22 crash. He read a statement in court Tuesday apologizing for the crash and acknowledging that he nearly killed the victim, John Austin.
Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister chose the maximum sentence available under Miller's plea agreement. He said Miller has had multiple opportunities to address his alcohol addiction and has failed.
Prosecutors say Miller's blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit when he struck Austin while speeding through a pick-up and drop-off area at Grand Junction Regional Airport.