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By Deborah Swearingen

Driver involved in 2017 vehicular homicide case sentenced to prison

A 23-year-old man will spend six years in prison for his involvement in a June 2017 car crash that killed a 21-year-old woman.

David Broom was sentenced Oct. 25 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of reckless vehicular homicide and two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault earlier this summer.

On June 24, 2017, Broom was driving on Deer Creek Canyon Road in South Jeffco near Hildebrand Ranch Park when he lost control of his Toyota Cressida, crossed the double yellow line and hit an oncoming Ford Explorer.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, Broom was driving anywhere between 69 to 106 mph in a 45-mph zone. He reportedly had been seen passing cars while speeding and driving recklessly.

Anne Gibson, 21, a passenger in his car at the time of accident, suffered fatal injuries. The driver and 8-year-old passenger of the Ford Explorer survived the accident but had minor injuries.

Preliminary hearing scheduled in Morrison homicide case

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the Morrison man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old Julene Isaacson.

Jerald Arthur Cross, 64, was arrested Oct. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder after he called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Cross will return to court Jan. 18 for an eight-hour preliminary hearing.

According to a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home in the 5200 block of Pintail Court in Morrison around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Both Cross and Isaacson lived at this address, though their relationship is unclear. The call was initially reported as a stabbing, according to the arrest affidavit, but the deputies found out that it was actually a shooting while en route to the home.

Jeffco deputies found Cross at the residence. Although the suspect motioned for them to come inside, the affidavit suggests he wasn’t initially compliant when asked to step away from Isaacson. According to the arrest affidavit, he was attempting to give Isaacson CPR and complained that she would still be alive if medical personnel had arrived earlier. Two deputies “performed a protective sweep of the residence” before Cross ultimately confessed to having shot Isaacson.

Nearly 20 minutes after the Jeffco Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the South Jeffco home, a doctor from St. Anthony Hospital pronounced Isaacson dead.

Cross was arrested around 5:45 p.m. Oct. 7 and booked in the Jefferson County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He appeared in court on Oct. 15 and was advised of his rights.