GOLDEN – An 83-year-old man agreed to plead guilty Monday to causing the crash that killed longtime Jefferson County Sheriff's Sergeant Dave Baldwin.
Kenneth Hosch could receive anywhere from two to six years in prison when sentenced in August. A judge could also sentence him to probation.
"It's a big relief for our family," Sgt. Baldwin's widow Crystal Baldwin said. "We just wanted [Hosch] to take responsibility for what he did."
Hosch's son joined him at the podium when he agreed to plead guilty to vehicular homicide.
"I do plead guilty," Kenneth Hosch said quietly.
His family surrounded him as they left the courtroom in an effort to protect him from the news cameras that had assembled in the court's hallway. The judge set a sentencing hearing for August 29.
"Nothing can undo what he did on that fateful say," Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir said. "But it's a step in the right direction."
"Sgt. Baldwin didn't have a chance," he added.
Investigators say Hosch, on January 26, crossed double yellow lines on Highway 93 while driving in excess of 70 mph when he hit Baldwin's motorcycle head on.
Crystal Baldwin said she wants the story to reverberate inside homes all across Colorado.
"It's really important to our family to get the message out that this is everybody's responsibility; that you need to take responsibility for what's happening in your family with elderly people still driving. If you think they're unsafe then you need to take steps to prevent them from driving," she said.
Sgt. Baldwin joined the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in 1987. Crystal said she's comforted by the fact that others have told her he lived for "a purpose above himself."
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