On Monday, a Silverthorne man convicted in 2012 of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class 3 felony, was granted an amended sentence in Summit County District Court.
Wesley Wilson, 22, pleaded guilty in October last year to the charge following the March 2012 death of Mircea Basaram, 33, of Romania. Basaram was vacationing in Summit County with friends when he was struck by Wilson’s car while using a crosswalk in Keystone. Wilson was intoxicated at the time of the crash and Basaram later died from his injuries, according to a 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release.
Wilson was originally sentenced in October 2012 to six years in nonresidential community corrections. During a Rule 35B hearing Monday 5th Judicial District Court Judge Mark Thompson granted a request by Wilson to lighten his sentence to six years of supervised probation.
Wilson would now be permitted to live on his own and apply for out-of-state travel, while still adhering to the program with strict oversight, the release stated. Thompson cited Wilson’s commitment to improving himself and for taking responsibility for his actions in the year since the accident in making his ruling.
Local attorney J.B. Katz, who defended Wilson, said her client has taken many steps to become sober, returned to school and has been steadily employed since his 2012 sentencing. John Franks, deputy district attorney for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, concurred and did not argue against amending the sentence, the release stated.
“Alcohol dependence is responsible for 100,000 deaths each year, the equivalent to a passenger jet airplane crashing every single day with 275 passengers aboard,” said 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown in a statement. “We remember the many victims of senseless crashes and hope that people take action to deal with alcohol dependency before they ruin lives.”
Wilson’s hearing closely followed the case of Maverick Bain, of Breckenridge, who was sentenced on Oct. 9 to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the September 2012 death of 21-year-old Blake Roberts, also of Breckenridge.
Bain was the driver responsible for a rollover crash on Ski Hill Road that threw Roberts from the car and killed him. Bain also was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Thompson noted the similarities in the cases during Wilson’s hearing and requested, given the recent prevalence of such incidents, Wilson do his part to educate other young people in the Summit County community about the true risks of driving while impaired.