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Woman Sentenced For Criminal Vehicular Homicide – Colwell, Leah Marie
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Leah Marie Colwell, age 45 of Lakeville, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by Judge Michael Mayer today in connection with a deadly crash that occurred on June 27, 2013, in Apple Valley which killed Jeff Trondson, age 29 of Burnsville.  Colwell pled guilty to one felony count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (.08 or more) and one count of Driving After Cancellation (a gross misdemeanor) on May 1, 2014.  Colwell was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined.  All other charges were dismissed.

Backstrom stated that around 8:00 p.m. on June 27, 2013, Apple Valley police officers responded to a motorcycle crash near the intersection of 160th and Harwell Avenue.  Jeff Trondson was driving his motorcycle westbound on 160th Street when a Ford Taurus, driven by Colwell, was traveling eastbound and made a left turn onto Harwell, crossing in front of the motorcycle.  Trondson died at the scene. 

Further details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint located at: Criminal Complaint Search.  While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.

Backstrom commented: “This is another tragic example of the extreme dangers of drinking and driving.  We are pleased to have brought this defendant to justice for this preventable crime.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Jeff Trondson for their great loss.”

Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Bovitz, who prosecuted this case.  Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol for their thorough investigation into this deadly crash.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.