KUSA - A repeat drinking and driving offender was sentenced Monday to more than two decades behind bars for a deadly hit-and-run.
Jonathan Dale Cordova, 53, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for hitting and killing Ernestine Maynes on Dec. 3, 2015. She was crossing Colfax Avenue at Wadsworth Boulevard just before 2 a.m.
Police say Cordova left the scene but was later tracked down and arrested at his girlfriend's apartment.
His blood alcohol level was .23, almost three times the legal limit. At the time, Cordova was on probation for a previous drinking and driving offense.
This was his sixth alcohol and driving offense and third felony conviction.
“This is a tragedy that could have been prevented,” District Attorney Pete Weir said in a statement. “Two months after he was released from jail, Mr. Cordova hit and killed Ms. Maynes. To ensure the safety of our community we must incarcerate these chronic, repeat offenders for as long as possible.”
Cordova pleaded guilty on July 27 to vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with death, DUI fourth and subsequent and DUI.
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