Created: February 13, 2020 07:56 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to carjacking resulting in death and other offenses stemming from a series of crimes in New Mexico has been sentenced to more than 37 years in prison.
Prosecutors say 36-year-old Daniel Lowell of Pueblo received a 449-month prison term Wednesday.
He faced up to life in prison after pleading guilty in the case in July 2019.
Lowell and 32-year-old Trista Marie Schlaefli of Colorado Springs allegedly fled from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint west of Las Cruces in a stolen pickup truck in November 2017.
The couple allegedly carjacked an SUV from a family at gunpoint and a subsequent collision killed a retired Las Cruces police officer on a motorcycle.
They then attempted to carjack two other vehicles before being arrested by New Mexico State Police.
Prosecutors say Schlaefli pleaded guilty to multiple charges in November 2018 and still is awaiting sentencing.
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