Winter Park – Suspect in Kevin Gilbert’s death charged with criminally negligent homicide
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado
After a month-long investigation into the death of Kevin Gilbert, the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department has arrested Beau Grega, 24, of Winter Park, on a charge of criminally negligent homicide, according to court documents.
Grega was arrested in Winter Park the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 29, police said.
Police determined from evidence at the scene and from interviewing acquaintances as well as residents of a nearby trailer on Wanderer Way that Gilbert, 44, and Grega left Deno’s Mountain Bistro in Winter Park early the morning of Nov. 25, according to statements released by the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department on Wednesday.
Both Grega and Gilbert were described by witnesses as being intoxicated the night of Gilbert’s death, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant.
According to the affidavit, after allegedly accompanying Grega to his house – an old bus within walking distance of Deno’s – and after Grega could not build a fire for heat, the two friends returned to another friends’ trailer on Wanderer Way.
The affidavit says Gilbert reportedly fell several times in that vicinity and that while Grega initially tried to provide Gilbert with assistance, he ultimately left his friend lying in the snow while he went inside to spend the night.
People who were staying in the trailer that night told police they heard both Grega and Gilbert outside, describing loud voices and noises outside the trailer around 2 a.m.
A guest and a resident at the trailer said they both heard a “weird cooing sound” outside the trailer that night. Both looked out the window but did not see anything, according to statements to police.
The guest said he had been awoken by a “scuffling” noise.
Another trailer resident told police the suspect’s and victim’s voices that night were “incoherent.” He told police he believed Grega “physically tried to help Mr. Gilbert into the house,” and had heard “a loud noise, which he thought was somebody falling into the deck railing.”
According to police accounts of interviews the day Gilbert was found unconscious, Grega was slow to remember details of the early morning, claiming a past head injury had impaired his memory. Grega had blood on his clothing and on his nose, according to police.
Later in the affidavit, police describe Grega’s response to their question about whether Grega had ever had to support Gilbert when he was intoxicated.
Grega allegedly replied, “not like that.”
Asked whether it was possible that he had tried to help Gilbert, but actually did not help him, the affidavit says Grega responded that it was possible, and said with tears in his eyes, “That would be something to regret. I try not to have many regrets, but letting down a friend would definitely be a regret.”
The investigation into Gilbert’s death began on Nov. 25 after he was found in front of the trailer on Wanderer’s Way in Winter Park.
While Gilbert was initially responsive, he was found to have a body temperature of approximately 72 degrees, and CPR was initiated in the ambulance. Gilbert was subsequently pronounced dead at Granby Medical Center.
An autopsy was performed at the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, and final results are pending a toxicology report, according to the affidavit.
From “significant evidence,” the preliminary autopsy diagnosis is that Gilbert died from hypothermia, due to his low temperature and ulcers that were located throughout his stomach, which is indicative of hypothermia, the report reads.
The temperature at the night of his death had dipped to 5 degrees.
Gilbert also suffered from facial injuries, but those were not found to be a contributing factor in his death, said Winter Park/Fraser Police Chief Glen Trainor.
“Criminal Negligence” means that a person “through a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise, he fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur or that a circumstance exists,” according to a police statement.
Grega was being held at the Grand County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on a $15,000 bond. As of Wednesday, the court file did not list an attorney for him.
If convicted, Grega faces a possible penalty of one to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000.
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