62-year-old Juan de Dios Cordova has been sentenced for a second time for homicide by vehicle.
This case stems back from 2011 when Cordova killed motorcyclist Mark Wolfe, on High Road near Taos. Debbie Hill was also with Wolfe at the time of the collision. She was taken to the hospital with severe injuries but luckily she was able to survive. A third motorcyclist was also injured in the crash was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Cordova was arrested at his home which was less than a mile from the scene. Cordova left his vehicle near the scene and went back to his home. Officers at the scene were able to find his home after talking to witnesses. Officers entered Cordova’s home and he tried to lie and say his car was stolen, but further questioning revealed holes in his story.
After being arrested, he was convicted of a DWI, homicide by vehicle, and two counts of great bodily harm. However, in 2015 the DWI charge was overturned by a New Mexico Court of Appeals. The argument was made that police illegally obtained evidence without having a warrant. Cordova recently had a retrial where he was then reconvicted for two counts of great bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, and homicide by vehicle. Cordova will likely serve 29 years for his crimes and the families of Mark Wolfe and those injured are happy he will be off the streets for a while.
At this time is unclear if the Wolfe Estate or the other two injured parties will file a lawsuit against Cordova. Since this retrial just happened, the wounds have likely been reopened. We offer our condolences to those affected by this senseless tragedy.
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