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Man pleads guilty of trying to kill son in car crash

Young son of Nathan Weitzel, 31, recovered after injuries

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A Centennial man pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to first-degree attempted murder after deliberation for crashing his car while his 2 1/2-year-old son was purposely left not wearing a seatbelt, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Nathan Weitzel, 31, drove his car at about 75 mph into several parked cars in the 6000 block of South Eudora Way in Centennial on Aug. 21, 2016. Weitzel wore his seatbelt, but he had left his son 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.

On April 13, 2017, Weitzel had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the other six charges associated with the incident. He will be sentenced April 3.

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