COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 12/7/17: The District Attorney's Office says the woman convicted for dragging and killing a tow truck driver in her vehicle was denied a reduced sentence.
The District Attorney's Office confirmed the denial with 11 News Thursday evening. Detra Farries was sentenced to 20 years in prison for dragging and killing Iraq War veteran Allen Rose. Farries recently filed a motion for sentence reconsideration. She requested 13 to 19 years in place of her 20-year sentence. Farries is eligible for parole in 2020.
Rose was trying to tow Farries' vehicle from a Colorado Springs apartment complex on Feb.23, 2011 when she jumped inside her vehicle and drove off. Rose ran after her and ended up getting tangled in the cables. He was dragged by Farries’ SUV 1.4 miles through the southeast side of Colorado Springs.
Farries faced charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and other charges connected in Rose’s death.
The trial lasted 19 days.
"It was trauma every single day," the prosecutor in the case, Jeff Lindsey, told 11 News soon after Farries filed the motion back in late October. "All of the people who were witness to this happening suffered trauma. They chased after her after she was dragging Allen Rose."
During the trial, attorneys for Farries insisted their client did not know she was dragging Rose behind her SUV.
Lindsey, the chief deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District, said multiple people tried to get Farries to stop as she dragged Rose. Witnesses also reported that Rose was screaming for help the entire time.
"A lot of the witnesses broke down, a lot of the witnesses suffered emotional trauma based on what happened in front of their eyes," said Lindsey.
Rose suffered extensive injuries after being dragged. He was treated at the scene before he died. Colorado Springs police Officer Scott Carnes gave an emotional testimony during the trial. Carnes had contact with Rose at the scene and remembers Rose telling him not to let him die because he had kids.
The DA's office responded to Farries’ request to reduce her sentence with their own motion that claims that throughout the trial Farries blamed others for what happened. The motion reads, “Only, now, when [Farries] is asking for leniency, she claims to be truly sorry.”
"What struck me, and I was surprised, when she came in for the verdict and she had that 'Only God Can Judge Me' t-shirt on, that just seemed a little bit inappropriate to me," said Lindsey.
In the motion filed by her attorneys, it said they believe the sentence is too much when compared to sentences given out in other hit and run cases. It also said Farries has been taking classes while in prison. The judge did not agree and denied the request.
"When the court imposes [the sentence] after a verdict, then that is justice. That is the justice system at work and at the time [the sentence] was appropriate and it’s still appropriate to this day," he added.