‘Jury’ finds student in mock ‘fatality’ guilty, gives 32 years

Nick Burri, a student at Meeker High School, was one of two survivors of the mock triple fatal accident on the Meeker High School campus on Oct. 29. Three students were killed in the “accident” while Burri and the driver, T.J. Shelton, survived. In Thursday’s trial, presided over by local judges, the jury of Shelton’s peers sentenced him to 32 years in prison. The entire accident scene and trial were witnessed by Barone Middle School eighth graders and all Meeker High School students in an effort to impress the students with the possible gravity of drinking while driving.

Nick Burri, a student at Meeker High School, was one of two survivors of the mock triple fatal accident on the Meeker High School campus on Oct. 29. Three students were killed in the “accident” while Burri and the driver, T.J. Shelton, survived. In Thursday’s trial, presided over by local judges, the jury of Shelton’s peers sentenced him to 32 years in prison. The entire accident scene and trial were witnessed by Barone Middle School eighth graders and all Meeker High School students in an effort to impress the students with the possible gravity of drinking while driving.
Nick Burri, a student at Meeker High School, was one of two survivors of the mock triple fatal accident on the Meeker High School campus on Oct. 29. Three students were killed in the “accident” while Burri and the driver, T.J. Shelton, survived. In Thursday’s trial, presided over by local judges, the jury of Shelton’s peers sentenced him to 32 years in prison. The entire accident scene and trial were witnessed by Barone Middle School eighth graders and all Meeker High School students in an effort to impress the students with the possible gravity of drinking while driving.
MEEKER I On Feb. 11, Meeker High School hosted a mock trial as a follow-up to the “Mock Triple Fatality Accident” that occurred Oct. 29 at Meeker High School.

The action was a simulated court trial to account for charges that were “filed” after the simulated accident.
Lt. Phil Stubblefield of the Meeker Police Department organized the event.
The District Attorney’s Office provided the district attorney and the defense attorney.
Judge Laurie Noble presided over the trial.
Patty Merriam testified on behalf of the Meeker Emergency Medical Service.
Jim Amick testified on behalf of the Meeker Police Department.
Kim Cook testified on behalf of the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office.
And Nick Burri, who was the only survivor of the “accident” except the driver, was out sick, so his stand-in, Layton Bair, testified as the survivor.
Senior T.J. Shelton was on trial and charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, careless driving causing bodily injury, driving under the influence and texting while driving.
The jury, consisting of his peers, found Shelton “guilty” on all counts, and Judge Nobel sentenced him to three consecutive 10-year sentences in prison and one year each for texting and driving and for careless driving causing bodily injury.
The high school students and the Barone Middle School eighth grade watched the trial.
All students debriefed with their teachers after the trial, and it was clear that the trial helped the students understand the consequences of drinking and driving.