ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A drunk driver who killed a man on Christmas Eve was sentenced to a decade behind bars on Friday, Oct. 29. Jordon Johnson ran a red light at Coors and Fortuna on Christmas Eve in 2018, killing Kelly Chavez.
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Chavez was on his way home from a Christmas party at his sister’s house. During Johnson’s sentencing, Chavez’s family said they believed in second chances but that Johnson had failed to show remorse.
Last month, Johnson plead no contest to vehicular homicide and DWI, he was facing 12 years in prison. However, during sentencing today, Johnson’s lawyers asked for a reduced sentence because they argued choices were made by both men that night. Referring to evidence that Chavez was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Earlier this week Johnson wrote the court a letter asking for five years incarceration as well as a two-year rehab program.
Judge Courtney Weaks said she couldn’t reduce time because Johnson’s blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit and he was on probation for another DWI and was legally required to have an ignition interlock, which would have prevented him from driving that night. The judge sentenced Johnson to ten years, but with time served, It’ll be more like 8 and a half. Johnson says he is willing to go to rehab to better himself and be there for his daughter. Local non-profit, Delancey street, has agreed to accept Johnson into their two-year rehabilitation program once he’s out of prison.