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Brother of Michael Porter Jr. receives six-year prison sentence for deadly DUI accident

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Michael Porter Jr.'s brother sentenced to six years in prison for fatal DUI crash

Former University of Denver basketball player Coban Porter, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr., was sentenced to six years in prison for killing a 42-year-old woman in a drunken driving crash. The sentencing came two days after another brother, Jontay Porter, was banned by the NBA for violating league rules.

Porter pleaded guilty to DUI vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the crash that killed Kathy Rothman on Jan. 22, 2023, while she was driving for Uber. Porter acknowledged he was driving drunk at 2 a.m. when he ran a red light near the university and crashed into Rothman’s car, killing her and seriously injuring her passenger, Jason Branch. At the time of the crash, Porter was recovering from a knee injury and not traveling with the university basketball team.

During the sentencing, Porter expressed remorse and apologized, stating he hoped to make a difference and bring peace to the victim’s family. Despite facing a potential eight-year prison sentence, the judge sentenced him to six years on one count and two on the other, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Denver District Court Judge Ericka Englert urged Porter to use his time in prison as an opportunity to educate others about the dangers of drunk driving. The tragic consequences of his actions serve as a sobering reminder of the importance of responsible behavior behind the wheel.

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