EXCLUSIVE: Family of Crash Victim Angry About Sentencing

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Only on 11 News--A Grand Junction man has been sentenced for killing a young mother in a violent crash and her family is outraged he won't serve more time.

25–year–old Brandon Walton is on his way to prison after being sentenced for several charges including vehicular homicide, DUI and child abuse.

A judge sentenced him after an emotional two hour hearing Monday morning.

Brandon Walton has been sentenced to six years in prison and ten years of probation.

The judge said this vehicular homicide case is one of the hardest to sentence because the suspect has no criminal history, served in the military and made one bad decision that changed his life and the lives of another family forever.

But in an exclusive interview with the victim's family, they said they're angry that Walton won't be spending more time behind bars.

Family and friends of 28–year–old Ashley Chapman held each other and cried after the man responsible for her death was sentenced.
They wore buttons with her picture to remember the young mother.

"She was a great person. You can't say enough about that woman," Chapman's brother-in-law, Chris Moyano's told 11 News on Monday after the hearing.

His emotions were running high, but his weren't just sadness. He was angry that Walton won't spend more time in jail.

"I'm very angry. They're not making a statement here. They're saying it's a joke, that you can do anything and get away with it."

Moyano almost lost his son in the crash that killed Chapman.

"My son will be just fine, he's taken care of and recovered from his injuries. I'm worried about my nephew, he lost his mom for the rest of his life," said Moyano.

Moyano's 11–year–old son, Isaac, 11–year–old nephew Joe Chapman and their friend, Matt were in the back of Ashley Chapman's car when –year–old Brandon Walton crashed into them with his truck.

Walton fled the scene before police showed up. Police found him later drunk, with a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

His attorney told the court he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from serving two tours in Iraq and was drinking heavily to deal with personal problems.

During the hearing, Walton told the judge that was no excuse and apologized to the family saying he wishes he could trade places with Chapman.

But Moyano says those apologies won't bring Ashley back.

"This guy owes a debt to the community that will never be paid."

And he hopes walton never forgets the night Ashley Chapman was killed because his family never will.

Walton told the judge once he gets out of prison he wants to counsel veterans and other young people about drinking and driving.


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