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Centennial man who tried to kill son gets 20 years

Nathan Weitzel, 31, crashed car with boy unrestrained

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A Centennial man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a first-degree attempted murder after deliberation charge after he tried to kill his 2 1/2-year-old son by crashing his car while the boy was unrestrained.

Nathan Weitzel, 31, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to the charge and will face five years of parole after his prison sentence, according to a news release by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

“This was a very serious crime in which an innocent child was hurt and very easily … could have been dead,” Judge Jeffrey Holmes said in imposing the sentence April 3.

On Aug. 21, 2016, Weitzel drove his car at about 75 mph into several parked cars in the 6000 block of South Eudora Way in Centennial. Weitzel wore his seatbelt, but he had left his son purposely unrestrained in the backseat.

Weitzel had been using cocaine and wanted to kill his son to avoid the responsibilities of raising a child, he told investigators. His son recovered from serious injuries.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the other six charges associated with the incident.

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