A 31-year-old Centennial man admitted last week that he tried to kill his toddler son when he purposefully wrecked his car while 2-year-old passenger was intentionally unrestrained. Nathan Weitzel pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to one count of first-degree attempted murder after deliberation, a Class 2 felony.
In August 2016, Weitzel drove his Acura sedan about 75 mph and crashed into several parked cars in the 6000 block of Eudora Way in Centennial. He was wearing his seatbelt, but his son in the backseat was not.
Weitzel admitted to investigators that he had been using cocaine and wanted to kill his son because being a father was a “big responsibility” and he did not think he was “man enough” to raise a child.
The boy recovered from serious injuries.
Weitzel pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in April 2017. In exchange for his guilty plea to the top count, prosecutors agreed to drop the other six charges.
He will be sentenced April 3.
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