A man who repeatedly slapped the back of his 17-year-old son's head egging him on to drive faster in the moments before a head-on collision has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.As I've had occasion to note before:
"This may be the first time in Colorado where we obtained a conviction of vehicular assault when the defendant was not actually behind the wheel," said Scott Storey, Jefferson County District Attorney. . . .
Prosecutors said that [Kenneth Leon] Childress had provided alcohol to [his son Brett] Lafferty. Lafferty's 19-year-old girlfriend was a passenger in the front seat, and Childress was in the back seat with a three-year-old boy.
Lafferty was driving the group at about midnight on Nov. 22, 2007.
Childress, from the back seat, told Lafferty to drive faster, and was "egging him on" by hitting him in the back of the head as the car raced south on Wadsworth Boulevard.
Witnesses told investigators they saw Lafferty running red lights and racing down the road before slamming into a Jeep head-on.
The three-year-old was not restrained and was seriously
injured. . . .
Childress, of Aurora, was found guilty by a jury of reckless child abuse, vehicular assault, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
Storey noted that this was Childress' third alcohol-related offense and third felony conviction.
Lombroso was right: Kenneth Leon Childress.