Coban Porter, brother of Michael Porter Jr., convicted in fatal accident


Former University of Denver basketball player Coban Porter, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr., was convicted in a fatal DUI crash in Colorado last year.

On Friday, Denver District Court Judge Ericka Englert sentenced Porter to six years in prison for vehicular homicide for the death of 42-year-old Katharina Rothman, in addition to two years for vehicular assault for injuring her passenger. Porter, who pleaded guilty to both charges in February, will serve both sentences concurrently.

Police said Porter drove while intoxicated near the University of Denver on Jan. 22, 2023, while a member of the Pioneers men’s basketball team. Porter was speeding and ran a red light before colliding with Rothman, who was driving for Uber at the time. Rothman was pronounced dead at the scene and her passenger, a 47-year-old man, was seriously injured in the crash.

Porter’s blood alcohol level was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, prosecutors said Friday, according to The Denver Post.

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Addressing the court before his sentencing, Porter said: “All I can really say is I’m sorry.”

‘I know I can never right that wrong. … I never thought I would be standing here. I thought I was invincible. It wasn’t the first time I chose to drink and drive. … I’m so sorry,” he said in court Friday, according to the Post. “I chose to drive there, I chose to drink and I chose to try to drive home. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I hope you know that. I know that doesn’t change anything.’

Michael Porter Jr. also testified in court to his brother’s character. He missed practice Friday to attend his brother’s sentencing as the defending champion Nuggets prepared for their NBA first-round playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I honestly don’t think I would be in the position I am today as a professional basketball player without a brother like Coban pushing me every day,” Michael Porter Jr. said. “He got up before me, trained harder than me. I know it’s not often that a big brother looks up to a younger brother, but that’s how it was for me.”

Michael Porter Jr. added, “My second thought was, ‘Man, I hope so, I hope not Coban. From anyone in my family, there’s no way Coban is going through this.’ Like I said, he’s the one out of all of us, he’s the one who doesn’t deserve to do that, and even though he’s made choices, you know, there’s a lot of people in life who make bad choices, and that’s It doesn’t work out like it did for Coban. I remember thinking throughout the whole process, “Man, I wish it was me.” “

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Rothman’s death “was a terrible tragedy.”

“She was a loving and devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend who should still be with us today,” McCann said. “We appreciate that Mr. Porter took responsibility for his behavior from the outset and expressed his deep sorrow for his actions. However, given the seriousness of Mr Porter’s crimes, the prison sentence he received is appropriate. I commend the officers of the Denver Police Department and the members of my office for the manner in which they handled this case, which I hope will serve as a cautionary tale of the disasters that often result from people driving under the influence .”

Porter’s sentencing comes less than two days after Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, brother of Coban and Michael Porter Jr., was given a lifetime ban by the NBA after an investigation found he “disclosed confidential information to sports bettors, causing his own participation in sports betting was limited’. one or more games for gambling purposes, and betting on NBA games.”