6-time DUI offender sentenced to 22 years in hit-and-run death

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GOLDEN, Colo. — A man who had multiple convictions for DUI was sentenced to more than two decades in prison Monday for a deadly hit-and-run crash.

Jonathan Cordova, 53, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for hitting and killing Ernestine Maynes, 45, on Dec. 3 as she was crossing Colfax Avenue at Wadsworth Boulevard.

Cordova pleaded guilty in July to vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with death, DUI fourth and subsequent, and DUI.

Cordova had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. It was his third felony conviction.

Cordova was serving probation when he hit and killed Maynes. In August 2015, he was sentenced to two years of probation and 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to DUI and aggravated driving under revocation.

“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.”