Last May, we told you about Alton Kirkland, who'd been busted for a hit-and-run crash that killed Jordan Sprouse, eighteen -- and reports suggested that he'd split even though his girlfriend and kids were hurt in the crash, too. Now, Kirkland has pleaded guilty to nine counts, including multiple felonies. Photos, video and details below.
As we reported last year, the incident took place on May 2 near the intersection of Kipling and 32nd in Wheat Ridge; it involved one Oldsmobile t-boning a second Olds, with a Lexus also involved.
Here's a Wheat Ridge Police Department photo from the scene....
...and another: The impact took the life of Sprouse, who was described by his dad in a 7News package as an aspiring rapper who planned to join the military following his upcoming graduation.
Sprouse's Facebook page quickly filled with tributes, including "Man I miss you bro" and "With a smile like wildfire and love in your heart. That's how I will always remember you. Rest easy man. We will meet again one day."
Also included were photos of Sprouse, including this one....
...and this more contemplative portrait: Meanwhile, Kirkland received a different kind of attention -- and it was far from flattering. Continue for more about the guilty plea of Alton Kirkland, including photos and a video. This photo of Kirland, and a crotch-grabbing full-body shot.... ...were among the pics in a gallery from a now-deleted Facebook page. The collection was largely dominated by shots of him posing with a woman subsequently ID'd as Lanisha Walker and three young children, including a newborn. The images were loving and devotional -- but neither of these qualities were present when it came to Kirkland's actions after the crash.
In regard to the incident, the WRPD said a woman (Walker) and two of the kids were in Kirkland's car when he struck Sprouse's vehicle, and they didn't come away unscathed; they were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Nonetheless, Kirkland split, leaving Walker and the children on their own even as Sprouse died from his injuries.
Kirkland was later found at his apartment. He was treated for minor injuries before being booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide, felony menacing and domestic violence.
These counts supplemented theft charges that Kirkland previously racked up. He's said to have been sentenced to a two-year probationary jolt for those offenses in early April 2014.
The next sentencing for Kirkland is slated for January 27. At that time, he'll learn his punishment for the following crimes. The letters denote felonies or misdemeanors, and the lower the accompanying number, the more serious the offense in its respective category.
• Vehicular Homicide -- DUI (F3);
• Leaving the Scene of an Accident causing Death (hit and run) (F3);
• Menacing (F5);
• 2 counts of Child Abuse (M1)
• Third Degree Assault (M1);
• DUI (M);
• Driving Under Restraint (M); and
• Reckless Driving (T2)
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Look below to see a full-size version of Kirkland's booking photo, as well as a 7News report about a candlelight vigil for Sprouse at which another accident took place.
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