Former Aurora police officer Eduardo Landeros has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminally negligent homicide. The sentencing comes after Landeros pleaded guilty to the charge in August. The incident occurred in March at the intersection of South Chambers Road and East Bates Avenue. Landeros was responding to a non-emergency call in his patrol vehicle when he crashed into Elias Anderson, who was driving eastbound. Anderson, tragically, succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
According to previous reports, Landeros was driving at a speed of over 100 mph without activating his overhead lights. The impact occurred when Landeros crashed into Anderson’s car, estimated to be traveling at approximately 18 mph. Both individuals sustained serious injuries in the collision.
In addition to the prison sentence, Landeros will serve two years of parole and provide restitution to Anderson’s family. The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office stated that the sentence is an appropriate and just disposition, aiming to punish and deter such reckless behavior.
Ciara Anderson, an attorney representing Elias Anderson’s family, expressed that no prison sentence can bring him back to his loved ones. However, she commended the district attorney and court for holding Landeros accountable for his actions. The family still seeks answers as to why Landeros acted recklessly, endangering the lives of many.