An Oregon man who wept as he begged the man he left blind and seriously injured for forgiveness during his sentencing was busted after prosecutors played jailhouse recordings in which he laughed at his victim, the Bend Bulletin reports.
In 2016, Richard Rose went to a party where he took Xanax and cocaine, which prosecutors say they have photos of him consuming. Police found marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and ketamine all in his system. He was already in diversion treatment for a prior DUII arrest.
Rose later crashed his Ford Explorer into a pickup truck driven by Terry Neil, who broke almost every major bone, suffered kidney failure, strokes and was blinded as a result of a medically induced coma.
“My life ended that day,” Neil told the court. “It’s just taking me a long time to die. I guess I’m too stubborn to give up.”
Rose wept and begged for forgiveness from Neil in court.
“I am so sorry for the pain that I have caused you and your family,” he said. “I am not the child I was three years ago. I beg you to please forgive me.”
But his own grandfather wrote a letter to the court calling him a “manipulator” who sold cocaine.
And prosecutors lent credibility to that by playing jailhouse recordings made at Deschutes County jail in which he referred to his passenger as a “snitch” and suggested his defense try to prove his victim’s vision was too poor prior to the wreck to be driving.