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Pueblo driver receives maximum sentence for deadly hit-and-run crash

Published On: Apr 30 2014 02:23:20 PM CDT   Updated On: Jan 30 2015 07:52:15 PM CST

Driver who pleaded guilty in deadly hit-and-run receives maximum sentence

PUEBLO, Colo. -

A Pueblo man who crashed into a home and ran away received the maximum sentence Friday morning for killing the homeowner (1/30/15).

Victor Montour, 32, was sentenced to 48 years in prison for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Montour crashed a white Jaguar into the basement of a home on the 1900 block of Hollywood Drive on March 11, 2014. The crash killed Johnnie Hagerman, 46, and injured his wife, Lori.

"My opinion -- the only true justice was death for him. And I think that's the opinion of most, if not all of my family," said Kevin Hagerman, Johnnie Hagerman's brother.

About 30 of Johnnie Hagerman's relatives packed the courtroom Friday to hear District Judge David Crockenberg hand down Montour's sentence. Minutes before, a 6-minute slideshow of Hagerman's life played to Randy Houser's "Lead Me Home."

When Crockenberg asked Montour if he had anything to say, he said just this, "I'd like to say I'm sorry to the family. And I'd also like to say sorry to my family and my wife."

Montour's wife, Christy Marlett, also faced charges in the crime: accessory to leaving the scene of an accident involving death (a felony) and false reporting (a misdemeanor). But as part of Montour's plea deal, the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office dropped the charges.

Kevin Hagerman said the family agreed to those parameters of Montour's plea deal because investigators said it was going to be difficult to prove that Marlett was involved.

"She knows what she did. She knows it was wrong. She knows it was illegal. And she has to live with that," Kevin Hagerman said.

He wants his brother to be remembered for how he lived, not the way he died. "He loved his family. He loved life. He was a good person," Kevin Hagerman said. "He was a truly, honest, good person -- would do anything for anyone."

Marlett, a defense attorney, owned the Jaguar that Montour crashed last year.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KRDO NewsChannel 13, officers went to Montour and Marlett's home on the night of the crash. They asked Marlett if she owned a Jaguar and who was driving it. She replied, "Nobody. Why, is it not here?" The affidavit goes on to state that Marlett remarked, "Well, it looks like I need to file a police report for my stolen vehicle."

The affidavit states that Montour replied, "Our car is gone. Dang it. That's messed up." The officer wrote in the report that it appeared Marlett and Montour were "coaching each other as they spoke."

During Montour's sentencing, his sister, Katrina Aguilar, said her brother came from a broken home and was in foster care at a young age. Aguilar also said her brother was a good man who had the potential to be a better man.

"There were no winners here today," Kevin Hagerman said after the sentencing. "We feel for his family. They lost someone today as well. We're sorry for that. But they didn't have anything to do with his actions."

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