Under a plea deal, Deschutes County Circuit Judge Alta Brady sentenced Erik Conn to a 28-month prison term. Conn struck and killed 16-year old Forrest Cepeda, who was cycling along Reed Market Rd in Bend (Oregon).
Just prior to the accident, Conn was texting his girlfriend — who was sitting in the seat next to him in the truck! Even worse, Conn knew his truck had faulty brakes, and was not equipped for towing the horse trailer attached to the truck.
Forrest’s family is understandably upset at the plea deal:
“Text your girlfriend sitting next to you while you drive your beat-up truck with faulty brakes, hooked up to your modified horse trailer — but not the trailer brakes — and get a slap on the wrist from the judicial system if you kill someone,” said Bill Howiler, Forrest’s grandfather. “We as a people need to learn — by law, example, hard knocks or punishment — that breaking the law has severe consequences.”