- Former Colorado police officer Jordan Steinke was found guilty of reckless endangerment and assault and sentenced to 30 months of supervised probation.
- The crash occurred when Steinke put a handcuffed woman in a parked police vehicle that was then hit by a freight train, resulting in serious injuries.
- The judge noted that Steinke had no prior criminal history and accepted responsibility for her actions, and the probation sentence was in line with Colorado sentencing guidelines.
A former Colorado police officer has avoided a jail sentence and instead been sentenced to 30 months of supervised probation for her involvement in a 2022 train crash near Platteville.
Jordan Steinke, 29, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and assault by Weld County District Court Judge Timothy Kerns on Friday. The former Fort Lupton police officer was acquitted of criminal attempt to commit manslaughter after her bench trial in July.
The crash occurred on September 16, 2022, when Steinke put a handcuffed woman in a parked police vehicle that was then hit by a freight train. The woman suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.
In his ruling, Judge Kerns noted that Steinke had no prior criminal history and had accepted responsibility for her actions. He also said that the probation sentence was appropriate given the circumstances of the case.
The case has sparked debate among legal experts and members of the public, with some arguing that a more severe sentence should have been imposed. However, the judge noted that the probation sentence was in line with the Colorado sentencing guidelines for the charges.
Steinke is expected to begin her probation sentence in January 2022.