Sadistic Colorado teen pleads guilty to killing driver, 20, after throwing rock through windshield, will spend up to 32 years in jail

One of the three Colorado youngsters charged in a rock-throwing spree that left a 20-year-old lady useless when a stone smashed through her automotive windshield pleaded guilty on Friday.

Zachary Kwak, 19, pleaded guilty to one depend of first-degree assault, one depend of second-degree assault and an extra depend of prison try to commit assault for his position in the lethal incident final yr, KDVR reported.

He will serve a minimal of 20 years and a most of 32 years. His earlier fees, which included homicide, had been dropped as a part of the plea cut price.

Kwak and friends Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik and Joseph Koenig had been 18-year-old highschool seniors once they went on a multi-day spree hurling rocks and different objects at vehicles in April 2023 in suburban Denver.

Zachary Kwak
Zachary Kwak will serve between 20 and 32 years in jail. (*32*)AP
Alexa Bartell, 20,
Alexa Bartell was killed after the sadistic trio hurled a big landscaping rock through her windshield. (*32*)Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
smashed windshield
The rock sailed through Bartell’s windshield and hit her. (*32*)Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

On the evening of April 19, Arvada resident Alexa Bartell was getting back from work round 10:45 p.m. when a big landscaping rock that they had picked up from a close-by Walmart sailed through her windshield and hit her, authorities mentioned.

Bartell had been on the cellphone with a buddy when the road instantly went silent, officers mentioned. Her lifeless physique was later discovered in the wreckage of her automotive, which got here to a cease in a discipline.

Cops mentioned the trio returned to the scene of their handiwork later that evening and snapped sadistic footage of Bartell’s mangled car.

Bartell's car in a field
Cops mentioned the kids returned to the scene of their handiwork and snapped footage of Bartell’s mangled car. (*32*)9News
Joseph Koenig
Joseph Koenig was one of many three 18-year-olds charged in Bartell’s dying. (*32*)AP
Nicholas "Mitch" Karol-Chik
Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik and his father had been additionally arrested after the incident. (*32*)AP

The three had been all arrested and charged with homicide and a slew of different fees in Bartell’s killing and alleged assaults on 5 different autos that had been broken. The different drivers suffered solely minor accidents.

Karol-Chik informed police that he and Kwak began throwing rocks and statues at drivers in February, the outlet mentioned.

He additionally alleged that Kwak tossed the rock that hit Bartell’s windshield whereas Koenig drove on April 19. Kwak, nonetheless, insisted that Koenig threw the deadly stone.

Koenig’s father, Mark Edwin Koenig, was additionally arrested in the aftermath for allegedly attempting to stop police from interviewing his son concerning the incident.

Kwak will be sentenced on Sept. 3 on the conclusion of Karol-Chik and Koenig’s trials, in accordance to KDVR.

Karol-Chik is scheduled for a jury trial on June 7. Koenig is scheduled to seem for a jury trial on July 19.

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