Man involved in crash that killed retired police officer sentenced


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the suspects in a high-speed chase that killed a retired Las Cruces police officer will spend nearly four decades behind bars. Daniel Lowell pleaded guilty to leading police on a chase in 2017 after fleeing from a Border Patrol checkpoint in a stolen truck.

When he got to Las Cruces he ran into retired officer J.R. Stewart, killing him. Tuesday in court, his passenger Trista Marie Schlaefli testified saying that she felt like she owed it to Stewart’s family to testify about what happened that day.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Lowell to 37 years behind bars. He faced up to two life sentences. His co-defendant, Trista Schlaefli is also awaiting sentencing.

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