Man who killed Colorado State Patrol trooper during bomb cyclone blizzard sentenced



The Centennial man who killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper after losing control of his vehicle during March’s bomb cyclone blizzard was given a lengthy probation sentence on Wednesday in Weld County.

John Carpenter, 59, was driving on Interstate 76 on March 13 when he hit and killed CSP Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52. At the time of the crash, Groves was assisting a stranded motorist on westbound Interstate 76 just west of Roggen in rural Weld County.

Carpenter pleaded guilty in October to failure to exercise due care when approaching a stationary vehicle, resulting in death, a Class 6 felony. He was sentenced to 8.5 years of supervised probation, 850 hours of community service and 90 days in Weld County Jail, according to a news release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

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A news release quoted Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn’s words during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing:

“On that day, we lost a tremendous community asset,” Wrenn said. “We didn’t only lose one of the best in the law enforcement community, but his family lost their glue, as one of the family members put it.”

Brooklyn Dance is a breaking news reporter. Contact her at or on Twitter @hibrookIyn. 

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