October 2, 2010
Jackie Saari, mother of Stephen Thomas, is surrounded by the reminders of her late son. His car, skateboard and a photo album hold treasured memories for Saari, who is attempting to cope with the circumstances that surround her son's death.
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Doctors' reports suggest Stephen Thomas might have survived otherwise
The man, who was 17 at the time and is now 19, had pleaded guilty to obstructing emergency medical personnel as they tried to help Stephen Thomas after he stopped breathing at a North Routt County party in 2009. Thomas later died. Visiting Judge Thomas Ossola accepted a plea agreement and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of supervised probation, to 64 hours of public service and to write an apology note to Thomas’ mother, Jackie Saari.