150-day sentence for man who killed 8-year-old girl on bike

From the Daily Camera

The Longmont man who pleaded guilty to careless driving in the death of an 8-year-old girl riding her bike last May was sentenced Tuesday to 150 days in jail followed by two years of probation.

Kyle Couch, now 21, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after Chief Boulder District Judge Maria Berkenkotter denied a request to defer his sentence until after he finished his semester in college.

She sentenced Couch to a maximum of 60 days in jail for possessing a fake ID and a maximum of 90 days in jail for careless driving, which he pleaded guilty to in March. She also sentenced him to 150 hours of community service and two years of probation.

Couch originally was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of marijuana and seven other counts after he ran over Peyton Knowlton with his pickup truck at the intersection of Alpine Street and 17th Avenue in Longmont on May 20.

“There is nothing I can do in imposing this sentence that will make this better,” Berkenkotter said. “I don’t have the power to bring Peyton back, though if I did, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

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