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Posted on: June 9, 2020

158 Years Prison Sentence for Double Vehicular Homicide in Lakewood

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(Golden, CO – June 9, 2020) William Lloyd Jokay-Szilagji, DOB: 6-3-91, appeared remotely today in Jefferson County District Court where he was sentenced to 158 years in prison for the double vehicular homicide that occurred in Lakewood in May, 2019.  Jokay-Szilagji was found guilty at trial in February, 2020 of 24 counts, including two counts of Vehicular Homicide-DUID (F3); two counts of Vehicular Homicide-Reckless; Vehicular Eluding causing Death (F3) and four counts of First Degree Assault – Extreme Indifference (F3); Aggravated Motor Vehicular Theft (F4); and Possession of Controlled Substance. 

On May 19, 2019, Lakewood police were called to a condominium complex on W. Nevada Place where they observed a Toyota 4-Runner in the lot, with the engine running. They pulled up behind the vehicle and determined that it was stolen. Agents observed Joday-Szilagji, wearing all black, run up and get into the vehicle. Police commanded him to stop. He ignored them. In an attempt to get away he rammed a police cruiser, injuring an officer; drove through a 6-foot wooden fence; and through a pedestrian area where he was temporarily stuck in a playground sandbox. 

Minutes later, as two Lakewood police agents were stopped at the light at W. Alameda Pkwy. and S. Kipling Pkwy., they observed a white Nissan traveling southbound on Kipling. They then saw the 4-Runner driven by Mr. Joday-Szilagji traveling east on Alameda Pkwy. without headlights at a high rate of speed. It entered the intersection, against the red light, and collided with the Nissan. Jokay-Szilagji was traveling at 105 mph five seconds before the collision.

Both the 26-year-old driver of the Nissan, Jacob Bowen, and his passenger, 30-year-old Jesse Edmonds, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.  Mr. Bowen and Mr. Edmonds had just arrived in Colorado on vacation and were less than three miles from the home of the friend they were here to visit. Both men lived in Kansas. 

The two female passengers in the 4-Runner suffered massive injuries. 

In days leading up to this incident, Jokay-Szilagji’s crime spree included theft of the 4-Runner and use of financial transaction devices inside the vehicle; a home burglary where he stole a rifle, multiple wallets, credit cards, and a tactical vest; another car trespass; and robbery of a person in a bar in Arvada. The stolen items were found inside the vehicle following the collision.  Police also found 4.5 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.  Jokay-Szilagji had injected methamphetamine earlier in the evening of the crash. 

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