ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former Albuquerque Police sergeant learned Friday he will serve 90 days in jail for careless driving which lead to for a crash that killed a young woman.
That crash also cost him his job.
It was an emotional morning in the courtroom where Ashley Browder’s family addressed the judge and asked that he sentence Adam Casaus to the maximum 90 days.
Ashley’s father, Chuck Browder, addressed the court using Skype.
“Adam Casaus has given us a life sentence without Ashley, a life sentence of mental and physical pain for Lindsay, and life sentence of grief and sorrow for her father and mother,” said Chuck Browder.
Casaus was off-duty in his APD SUV, speeding home down Paseo in February 2013, when he blew through an intersection and slammed into Ashley and Lindsay Browder’s Honda.
Ashley, 21, died in the crash; Lindsay was seriously injured.
“Nothing could have saved our lives that night with Adam Casaus’ reckless driving on the roads,” Lindsay Browder told the court Friday.
Investigators said Casaus had a red light when he spend through the intersection.
Casaus claimed he was chasing a dangerous driver. There was no evidence to back up the story.
Casaus also claimed at trial for the first time that his light was green.
“Adam committed perjury on that stand when he stated that he had the green light,” Donna Browder, Ashley and Lindsay’s mother, told the court over Skype.
“Adam Casaus is a pathetic man and a piece of human garbage for his attempt to blame his reckless actions on me,” Lindsay Browder said.
In September a jury found him guilty of two counts of careless driving, which carried a possible sentence of 90 days in jail. If the jury had convicted Casaus of the more serious charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving, he would have faced up to nine years in prison.
Both the state and the Browder family expressed their anger and dismay at the maximum, asking for the full sentence.
Casaus asked for 90 days of house arrest, and offered his condolences in court.
“I want them to know that they’re not grieving alone. My family and I, we grieve for them also,” Casaus said. “If there was a way I could switch places with Ashley Browder right now, I would, sir.”
District Judge Richard Knowles gave Casaus the full 90 days in jail and the maximum fine of 300 dollars. Knowles said what Casaus is going through does not compare to the Browder family’s pain.
“I wish there were things I could do to make it better. I don’t think there are,” Knowles said.
Casaus was immediately taken into custody to begin his sentence at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
MDC officials told KRQE News 13 Casaus will be in protective custody for his stay in jail.
The Browders had asked for restitution. The judge denied it, saying he didn’t have the ability to enforce it.
The Browders are suing APD and the city, claiming Casaus was a bad hire.