Rebecca Maez gets ten-year sentence for death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush

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Melanie Asmar
Rebecca Maez in the hallway before the hearing. There were several people in the hallway waiting to serve her papers related to civil lawsuits.
Rebecca Maez was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison for the death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush. Maez, 28, was drunk and driving the wrong way in an HOV lane on I-25 last September when she collided head-on with a car being driven by Kush's boyfriend, Jeremy DePinto, who was injured in the crash. Kush, his passenger, was killed.

Maez pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and assault last month. At an emotional sentencing hearing on Friday, she pleaded for forgiveness as Kush's loved ones told the judge about the amazing mother, daughter and friend that they lost.

"She was the sweetest, most generous, most selfless, most sincere person I ever met," said her friend Paul Garrett. At the end of his statement, a tearful Garrett told the judge, "Please don't let Jenny's death mean nothing to you. It means everything to us."

As William Breathes reported in his cover story, "The life and tragic death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush," Jennifer Monson -- better known Jenny Kush -- moved with her four children to Denver in 2010 to get away from a toxic relationship in Montana. She quickly became a fixture on the local cannabis scene, eventually landing her own radio show, SexPot Radio. She and DePinto started dating in September 2010 and soon fell in love. "We considered ourselves to be teammates," DePinto told us last year.

In the early hours of September 1, 2013, Kush and DePinto were driving home from the (hed) p.e. concert at Summit Music Hall. Wary of drunk drivers on Labor Day weekend, Kush told DePinto to take the HOV lane. "It will be safer," she said.

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Rebecca Maez's mug shot.
That turned out not to be the case. The same night, Maez was thrown out of a bar in north Denver for being too intoxicated, prosecutor Adrienne Green said at Friday's hearing. A friend tried to take Maez's keys away, Green said, but Maez got them back. She then climbed behind the wheel of a borrowed car and made a sharp left turn off of 70th Avenue onto the off-ramp for northbound I-25. There were no barriers or signs to warn her that she was driving in the wrong direction.

In court on Friday, DePinto recounted what happened next. He said he remembers seeing headlights coming straight at them and then the car spinning out of control. When it came to a stop, in the oncoming lanes of southbound traffic, he got out -- and then crawled back in to try to save Kush.

"The car was smoking and there was my love, dying," DePinto said through tears. He recalled her whimpering as she struggled to breathe what would be her last breaths. "Then someone pulled me out of the car and I never saw her again."

Continue for more on Friday's sentencing.


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ljosephs1
ljosephs1

What a f...ing moronic loser bitch. Some people are just not evolved enough to live in a modern society. We should start a new country called moronia and send these people there to live with each other.

caesar187
caesar187

DUI will never, i repeat, NEVER be a felony...reason being??? too many white politicians that get behind the wheel drunk...and that will end this discussion....no other words need to be said and we all know that what i am saying has a lot of truth to it...BOTTOM LINE!!!!

Brenda Arceo
Brenda Arceo

Travis Penman-Keever I know I few who were repeated DUI offenders and they've changed. They also no longer drink. I have hope she will change. I understand your pain, and I am very sorry for your loss.

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

Stan Salazar we tried to make dui's a felony. My girlfriend is on the MADD board and they were pushing for it. But our politicians let us down.

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

Brenda Arceo jenny kush wouldn't have killed someone. She didn't drive high. She was a responsible person. Dui repeat offenders do not change. I know people in the treatment field who can verify this.

Brenda Arceo
Brenda Arceo

There is a difference with coping and being downright disrespectful

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

Sarah how am I lasing out? I see posts calling her a cunt, hoping she gets stabbed, wishing her death.. you got me fucked up .. maybe you should reread my post in no way was it disrespectful... ByeFelicia

Sarah Hartner Behnen
Sarah Hartner Behnen

I understand her wanting to stick up for her family, but Jenny's family has a right to stick up for their family also. Lashing out to Jenny's family doesn't really help anyone if you ask me. Forgiveness takes time, that is all.

Alexiana Atencio
Alexiana Atencio

& you have no right telling her how to feel about her sister..

Alexiana Atencio
Alexiana Atencio

just shut the fuck up Sarah! she's not telling others how & when ... after all that is her sister she will always have her sister's back.. I don't know where you come from, but we were always taught to stick with family thru thick & thin NO MATTER WHAT!

Sarah Hartner Behnen
Sarah Hartner Behnen

I have one question for you Steph - if your sister had been killed by someone with no license due to their 2nd DUI would you already have forgiveness for the person that killed her? Less than a year later? I know you will immediately say yes but think long and hard on that one and REALLY put yourselves in their shoes for a moment. You may be upset that people are upset but sometimes forgiveness takes time and you have no right to tell other people how to feel and when to feel it.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Change your laws if you want harsher punishments. The fact that DWI isn't a felony in this state shows how much of a joke the judicial system is here. People too worried about "Pot Laws".

Brenda Arceo
Brenda Arceo

Travis Penman-Keever had jenny kush killed someone under the influence of marijuana or any other drug of choice. Would you be by her side supporting her? Yes you would... Now don't say marijuana can't and wouldn't cause someone to wreck. I don't support drunk driving, but I also don't support hate or judgement. We all make terrible terrible mistakes. Some make more than others. I believe Rebecca will make a change, and when someone makes a choice to change they recognize the wrong and hurt they've done. Jenny once too had a dark past, but she chose to change and make a difference... Only point fingers if the person learned nothing from their mistakes and make no change.

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

I'm not ignorant of the facts. I understand that you people want to protect your family. I'm doing the same. At least your party is still alive.

Alexiana Atencio
Alexiana Atencio

Rebecca is NOT a murderer, she did not set out to kill anyone, it was a mistake & a lesson learned Rebecca will live with the guilt the rest of her life, even after her 10 year sentence is complete. Travis you're a very ignorant person

Alexiana Atencio
Alexiana Atencio

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. & not only guilty turn to the LORD maybe you should try it, because you sound very ignorant

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

I can't believe you wrote that Julian that's just awful! be careful what you wish on others it comes back to YOU!

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong! God Bless You!

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

Rebecca Maez is a murderer. End of story. And this was a failure of the justice system.

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

Oh my bad I didn't mean to type 5th. However. She was driving on a suspended license from a wait for it.................A DUI! You speak of forgiveness. Try telling that to Jennys kids who have no mother now. Or her boyfriend who was in the car with her that could have died. First, second or third.......This was not an accident. Forgive that

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

Jamie this was her 2nd dui for your information! Get your facts straight before spreading lies ....

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

Travis get you facts straight this was her 2nd dui.. where are you getting your information from smh! talking down on someone, when you don't even have correct info

Jamie Ontiveros
Jamie Ontiveros

There is a difference in accidents and getting your 5th DUI......big difference.

Steph Trujillo
Steph Trujillo

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.A life lived without forgiveness is a prison,Once you decide to forgive, you initiate the healing process. Forgiveness gives your soul permission to move on to the higher and healthier ground of emotional recovery. Forgiveness is to your soul what antibiotics are to infection. It is the curative agent that will help to fully restore your soul. It doesn't immediately remove the pain of defense but it does start you on the road to recovery

Travis Penman-Keever
Travis Penman-Keever

Chris Swain. This was not an isolated incident. This was her 5th dui. And unfortunately this one caused a death. This was no accident. Being that she does this over and over.

Chris Swain
Chris Swain

Ppl are so vindictive..wats the point of destroying more lives? Ten years is enough time for an accident - albeit a terrible one, it was still an accident.

Austin Brannan
Austin Brannan

My buddy is doing double that and never killed anyone ! RIP Jenny thank you for your service to our community. Stan you are a Troll !

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Maybe if she was addressed as her real name and not her stage name, the judge might have taken the punishment phase a little more seriously. Hard to take the death of someone with the last name of Kush seriously.

Kenneth Magaro
Kenneth Magaro

Should have been much longer than that. Life at least.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Steinberg would have got her probation.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... how long would Jesus hold a vengeful grudge?


HLWJHAVG ??



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... according to Stoners, driving while high NEVER causes any accidents or death.


They'll even make the ridiculous claim that driving stoned is safer than driving sober.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Travis Penman-Keever "This was not an isolated incident. This was her 5th dui."


Why do you lie?

captaintrips1
captaintrips1

A serial repeat drunk driving is no accident, it is murder. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... if Karma were real, George Bu$h and Dick Cheney would have been sent to an Afghan prison years ago, and waterboarded every day.



captaintrips1
captaintrips1

Not if you knew her.  Your support of a serial drunk driving murderer is duly noted. 

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