CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- (KDVR) -- Eric Henderson, the man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper in November, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Henderson pleaded guilty last month to vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence. His attorney said Henderson pleaded guilty to spare his family and trooper Jaimie Jursevics' family a trial.
Jursevics, 33, was run down Nov. 15 on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock as she was directing traffic around another crash.
Investigators said Henderson, a retired Army colonel, was driving home from a Broncos game drunk when he hit Jursevics and then kept driving. He had his bail cut from $1 million to $500,000 over the objections of District Attorney George Brauchler and has been free since Nov. 18.
Jursevics left behind a husband and a young child.
Henderson was a colonel with the the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. He retired in June 2013 and was honored during a ceremony at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Henderson was presented with the Legion of Merit for his service in the command.