Robbins accepts plea deal
Denver man agrees to plead guilty to vehicular homicide
October 19, 2005
Steamboat Springs — A 31-year-old Denver man will plead guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with a car accident that killed a Clark man.
Daniel Robbins had been charged with manslaughter, vehicular homicide and reckless driving in the case. In exchange for pleading guilty to vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony, Robbins will face no more than 90 days in jail and the manslaughter and reckless driving charges will be dropped, according to the plea agreement.
Robbins was driving his 2004 Viper on Colorado Highway 131 south of Kremmling in June when he lost control of his car, hitting a guardrail and killing 22-year-old passenger Jeffery Harris, according to accident reports.
Robbins’ Steamboat Springs attorney, Charles Feldmann, said he notified the court Tuesday that Robbins had accepted the offer, which was made Oct. 14.
Robbins also will plead guilty to speeding greater than 15 mph over the speed limit, a misdemeanor. He will be required to comply with supervised probation. He also will be required to pay for an advertisement to be published in Grand and Routt County newspapers apologizing for the loss of Harris’ life, admitting to reckless driving and discouraging speeding. He also must write a letter of apology to the victim’s family, agree not to drive for one year from the sentencing date, complete a safe driving course within three months of re-obtaining a driver’s license and complete a minimum of 300 hours of community service.
Rick Akin, an attorney with the firm that represents Harris’ family, said the family was outraged that Robbins was offered a deal that they considered lenient. Akin said Jeffery’s parents, Dan and Doral Harris, had made it clear to Grand County District Attorney Dan Edwards that they were opposed to a plea bargain in the case.
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In a letter to Akin, Edwards wrote, “I have attempted throughout the negotiations of the criminal case to carefully consider the victim’s position.”
Akin said the family feels Robbins should have to serve more than 90 days in jail. “They think this criminal process is shameful. They feel like it has been a miscarriage of justice. It’s a sham,” Akin said.
Feldmann has said in previous interviews that Robbins is deeply distraught over what happened, especially since Harris was his best friend.
Still, the family has not felt like Robbins has made any attempt to rectify the situation.
“They think his apologies are hollow,” Akin said. “(An apology) does nothing because he has taken no other action.”
Robbins will appear in Grand County District Court on Oct. 28 to enter his plea.
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