Posted: Jan 30, 2011 12:48 PM by James H Egbert
Updated: Jan 30, 2011 9:49 PM
A Fort Carson Spokesperson tells News First 5 that a military court has handed down a sentence today following a guilty verdict of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of assault late Saturday afternoon.
After deliberations began early Sunday around 9:00am the military court panel has sentenced SPC Jordan Peters with 10 years confinement, a forfeiture of all pay and benefits, reduction in pay grade from E4 to E1 and a Bad Conduct Discharge.
To recap the accident took place in the very early morning hours of February 13, 2010 on Colorado Highway 115 about 4 miles south of Fort Carson's Gate 5. Peters was driving an Audi northbound on Hwy 115 when he crossed over the center line hitting head-on into a large commercial utility truck.
What resulted was a gruesome crash scene, with injuries to Jimmy Clift from Canon City who was driving the truck and fatal injuries to SPC Kale Clay and PFC Pawel Serafin, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Spc Peter's trial began Thursday January 27th and concluded on Saturday, Jan 29th with a guilty verdict. Prosecutors said that Peters had twice the legal blood alcohol levels at the time of the accident. Previous to the trial, Peters had plead guilty to driving under the influence.
There has been no determination if Peters will face a civilian court following the verdict and sentencing by the military tribunal.