Woman denied reduced sentence in Colorado Springs dragging death

By Ellie Mulder Updated: December 8, 2017 at 6:14 am • Published: December 7, 2017 0

Detra Dione Farries' motion for a reduced sentence in the dragging death of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver was denied Thursday evening, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

Farries, 39, asked a judge in September to consider reducing her 20-year sentence in Allen Lew Rose's gruesome death on Feb. 23, 2011, arguing she was given a disproportionate sentence for what she has consistently said was a tragic accident.

In late October, a prosecutor argued that Farries has refused to accept blame.

"(She) blames everyone but herself," prosecutor Jeffrey Lindsey wrote in a legal filing, noting she wore a T-shirt on the last day of her 2012 trial which read: Only God Can Judge Me. The shirt was an act of "defiance" against the jury, the judge and "the criminal justice system as a whole," Lindsey wrote.

Rose, 35, an Iraq War veteran and married father of two, was killed in a chain of events that began with him preparing to tow Farries' GMC Suburban from the Hill Park Apartments on Murray Boulevard on the city's east side.

When Farries got into the car and drove over a parking block to get away, the cable from the tow truck's winch snapped, flailing behind the vehicle as Rose ran after her. During the foot chase, Rose became ensnared by the cable just as Farries exited the complex and began speeding east. He was dragged nearly 1½ miles to his death.

Dozens of people witnessed Rose being dragged through the streets until his clothing caught fire, as fellow motorists honked their horns, waved their arms and drove in pursuit after Farries.

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