COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The woman convicted of dragging and killing a Colorado Springs tow truck driver was expected to be released from prison early, but will now remain in prison.
On Oct. 1, 11 News confirmed Detra Farries was approved to live at a halfway house after serving less than 10 years of her 20-year sentence in prison.
When 11 News reporter Danielle Kreutter reached out to the prosecutor in the case against Detra Farries, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Lindsey said he would reach out to the Arapahoe County Community Corrections. According to Lindsey, Farries would no longer be transferred out of prison until a re-review occurred. The victim's widow was able to submit information about her position on the application by Farries.
On Thursday, the community corrections board for Arapahoe County re-reviewed their decision and denied her release for the time being.
Farries is currently seven and a half years into a 20-year sentence. She is eligible for community corrections placement.
On Feb. 23, 2011, 35-year-old Allen Rose was called to a Colorado Springs apartment complex to tow Farries' illegally parked SUV. Midway through hitching the vehicle to his tow, Farries rushed outside and jumped into the SUV. Rose chased her down and became tangled in the cables. He was dragged by Farries’ SUV 1.4 miles through the southeast side of Colorado Springs as horrified onlookers desperately tried to wave Farries down. Farries never stopped, and Rose was only freed when he came loose from the cables and landed in the street. He died at the hospital later that day.
"For [the victim's wife] to hear someone get a 20-year sentence imposed upon them and then seven and a half years later getting released to a halfway house, I think adds insult to injury," said Lindsey.
Exactly one year to the day after Rose was killed, a jury found Farries guilty on all charges, including manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Farries has made numerous attempts since to have her sentenced shortened.
"It was trauma every single day," Lindsey, told 11 News soon after Farries filed a separate motion back in late October of 2017. "All of the people who were witness to this happening suffered trauma. They chased after her after she was dragging Allen Rose."
According to Colorado.gov, community corrections "provides a sentencing or placement alternative, in lieu of prison incarceration, for felony offenders. Participating in a community corrections program requires the offender to change his or her behavior, while allowing some restricted privileges to access the community."