Former CAFB Airman Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide
Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on August 12, 2015, Tylan Bolden, age 21, of Louisiana, was sentenced on the charge of Reckless Homicide by Vehicle. Bolden pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement that he caused the death of 22 year-old Andrew Padilla. Both men were enlisted at Cannon Air Force Base at the time of the crash.
On July 13, 2014, Clovis Police Department responded to 7th and Norris for a vehicle fatality. When they arrived, they found Andrew Padilla had been ejected from a one-vehicle roll over crash in which Bolden was the driver.
According to the Major Crash Team, the modular box in the vehicle showed the defendant was traveling at a minimum of 124 miles per hour. The box maxes out at 124 miles per hour, so the defendant was most likely traveling at an even faster speed.
After an emotional sentencing where statements were heard from family members and law enforcement, the Honorable Drew D. Tatum sentenced the defendant to 5 years supervised probation. The State argued for 3 years in the Department of Corrections. Judge Tatum justified his sentence by citing lack of criminal record, lack of alcohol involved in the crash, and a distinguished military career. He stated, “Sending you to prison would serve no purpose. Living with causing the death of your best friend will be a life-long punishment.” The defendant plans on transferring his probation to Louisiana.
District Attorney Andrea Reeb stated, “While I respect the Court’s tough decision in this case, a man lost his life because the defendant chose to drive at speeds in excess of 124 miles per hour within the city limits. While I was hoping for at least some time in jail in this matter as to deter this type of reckless behavior, I can only respect the decision of the Judge. I wanted the community of Clovis to believe there would be penal consequences for taking a life in this manner.”
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.