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A defendant in Adams County criminal case has been sentenced to 22 years in prison following a guilty plea to three felonies, including the death of a grandmother in a single-vehicle crash.
Jimmy Lee Cordova Jr., 32, pleaded guilty on May 6 to vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and robbery, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.
Kimberly Ambrose, 51, died in a June 9, 2018, crash in which Cordova was the driver, the DA’s office said in a Tuesday news release.
Ambrose had called Westminster police to report that Cordova, her boyfriend, “was abusing her and attempting to force her out his vehicle while it was still moving,” the release said.
An officer spotted Cordova in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee on Federal Boulevard in Westminster, but the Jeep sped off. Moments later the Jeep crashed on the westbound U.S. 36 onramp from Federal Boulevard. Ambrose died at the scene of the fiery, roll-over crash.
After the crash, Cordova carjacked a nearby vehicle and attempted to flee. A short time later he crashed a second time, into a median, and officers apprehended him as Cordova tried to flee on foot.
“The egregious actions of this defendant caused the tragic death of a mother and grandmother,” said District Attorney Brian Mason in the release. “This is an incalculable loss to her family and to our community. I hope that this conviction and sentence will bring some measure of closure and justice.”
Ambrose family members described her as a kindhearted person in a letter to the court.
“There are so many people that are having a hard time dealing with her loss, even three years later,” the children of Kimberly Ambrose wrote in a letter prior to sentencing. “Our mother also has seven grandchildren who ask where grandma is and if she is coming back and some of them will never get to know her because they never got the chance before she was taken.”
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