- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - Two hunters responsible for the death of a motorcyclist who ran into a rope and chain they had stretched across a southwestern Colorado highway to retrieve an elk carcass have been sentenced to prison.

The Montrose Daily Press reports (https://goo.gl/w5Z6yr ) Mark Valdez was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for reckless manslaughter in the Oct. 12, 2013, death of 34-year-old Trever Rawson, of Fountain. Valdez’s co-defendant, Kevin Keener, was sentenced to two years in prison for criminally negligent homicide and received a concurrent one-year term for willful destruction of wildlife.

The Colorado State Patrol says Rawson was killed when he struck the chest-high line across Colorado 92 in Montrose County.

A teenager accompanying Valdez and Keener watched helplessly as Rawson flew from his bike and landed several feet away.


Information from: The Montrose Daily Press, https://www.montrosepress.com

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