Adult who provided alcohol to minors at party that ended in deadly drunk driving crash sentenced
Julius Saurez sentenced to 60 days in jail
Last Updated: 101 days ago
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The third of three young adults who provided alcohol to underage teens in a party that ended in a deadly drunk driving crash was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail.
Julius Saurez, 26, was also sentenced to five years probation and 120 hours of community service.
Saurez, 21-year-old Tisha Marie Blan and 18-year-old Jerry Gilbert Sanchez were also charged in the case.
The impromptu party occurred on Nov. 5, 2011 at Sanchez's home at West 13th Avenue and Otis Street. Saurez and Blan bought the alcohol for the party, Jefferson County prosecutors said.
Some time after midnight, four of the teens left in an SUV driven by Tyler Lovell, 18, who had been drinking at the party.
Witnesses said Lovell's speeding SUV was driving north on Oak Street in Wheat Ridge when it failed to make a curving turn onto Twilight Drive.
The SUV, traveling between 63 mph and 77 mph, hit some shrubs then went airborne for 40 feet before slamming into a tree, killing Lovell and front-seat passenger Rain Marie Walsh, 17.
Lovell had a blood alcohol level of 0.228, the coroner said.
Lovell was a student at Lakewood High School and Walsh attended Wheat Ridge High School.
The two teens in the back seat of the car survived but both suffered serious bodily injury.
In July 2013, a Jefferson County jury found Suarez guilty of providing alcohol to a minor but acquitted him of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
"This case is a tragedy for our entire community," said District Attorney Peter Weir. "The young people who purchased the alcohol did not cause the accident that killed Rain Walsh and Tyler Lovell, but without the alcohol this night could have ended very differently. Teens drinking, or using drugs, and driving is far too common. We need to take every step possible to prevent these heartbreaking results."
Blan was convicted by a jury of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to a minor in October 2012. She was sentenced to three years probation, with six months in a jail work-release program and 80 hours of community service.
Sanchez pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to minor. He was given two years in the Adult Diversion Program, 60 days in jail and 100 hours of community service.
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