Man sentenced to community corrections for DUI vehicular homicide

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Robert McGhee, 59, has received 5 years in community corrections for a DUI vehicular homicide. (Photo: JeffCo DA's Office)

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A man convicted of hitting and killing a man in November 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to five years of community corrections and one year in jail, to be served at the community corrections facility.

Robert McGhee, 59, hit and killed John Gilmore, 48, on Nov. 23, 2014 as he was walking home from his first day at a new job.

Gilmore was found in the middle of the intersection of 38th Avenue and Tabor Court with life-threatening injuries. He died several days later in the hospital.

McGhee’s blood alcohol content was .140, almost twice the legal limit, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault, a charge that was amended to vehicular homicide upon Gilmore’s death.

This sentence was delivered by a visiting judge and given over the prosecution’s vigorous argument for a prison sentence, according to the DA’s office.

“This is a travesty,” District Attorney Pete Weir said in a statement. “Mr. Gilmore’s family has suffered great loss and was heartbroken today at the sentencing when Mr. McGhee was not sentenced to prison. A community corrections sentence for someone who drives drunk and kills someone is not justice.

“Although Mr. McGee was given a five-year sentence to community corrections, that means that he will be in a residential facility for about six months and then be released into the community. This is unconscionable.”

A Jefferson County jury found McGhee guilty of vehicular homicide and DUI in October 2015 after a four-day trial. McGhee could have faced up to 12 years in prison.

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