BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The teen driver accused of being stoned behind the wheel and charged with vehicular homicide was sentenced to two years in the Department of Youth Corrections in a Broomfield County courtroom on Friday morning.
Police said then-17-year-old Brandon Cullip had been smoking with friends before driving on Nov. 3, 2014. After one-half block, investigators said he hit and killed Chad Britton, a Broomfield High School student who was getting his lunch.
It was an emotional day in the courthouse for the Britton family. Chad’s father, Lonnie Britton, felt he was walking away with justice.
“If you gave him a life sentence it’s not bringing my son back,” Britton said.
Broomfield County District Attorney Dave Young said the judge’s ruling was best for the victim’s family and for Cullip.
“Hopefully, he will come out a better person and maybe teach and contribute to people so that this doesn’t happen again,” Young said.
Britton can’t let go of the fear that Chad’s death won’t be the last. He said the cannabis culture in Colorado played a role in his son’s fate.
“You gave the kids another vice. You gave them another way to impair themselves. Get in the car and hurt somebody,” he said.
Young echoed a similar sentiment.
“I don’t think this is going to be the last time we’re going to have a tragedy like this because of the use of marijuana,” he said.
Dozens of Chad's friends and family members were at Friday’s sentencing. The show of support was comforting for Britton, who hopes he and his loved one can move on from the tragedy.
“My son had so many friends and he influenced so many people. He was a beautiful soul,” Britton said.
In a statement released by Broomfield County District Judge Edward Moss, he said he was concerned over Cullip’s continued use of marijuana even after the crash, a clear violation of his pretrial services.
Young points out he will not be allowed to smoke marijuana during his two-years sentence.