Twin Falls Man Sentenced For Vehicle Death At Fawnbrook Apartments


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Judge Richard Bevan has handed down his decision for a 24-year old Twin Falls man, found guilty of the death of Twin Falls resident Steven Gray.

Cody Williams Abbott was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Four of those fixed and the other four indeterminate.

Abbott pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter in a deadly crash at the Fawnbrook apartments.

“I was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, which caused Steven Gray’s death,” Abbott said.

Police had arrived at 645 Fawnbrook Ave. about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013 to find a black Subaru against a tree. The force of the crash had knocked the tree onto a nearby carport.

Police said Abbott was leaning against a nearby sign with blood on his clothes.

Gray, who was 25, was outside the vehicle, covered in blood and unresponsive, a police report said. Officers and medics couldn’t find the Wendell resident’s pulse. Gray was transported to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, where it was determined that he had succumbed to his injuries.

“I’m going to jail for killing my friend,” Abbott reportedly told an officer.

At a preliminary hearing, John McRill, a passenger in the car, testified that he, Abbott and another friend had a drink, and then went to a restaurant on Blue Lakes Boulevard North where Gray met them. The group had several more drinks, and then went to a Fawnbrook apartment to drink beer.

After receiving a text message on his cell phone, Abbott reportedly became angry and got into his car with McRill and Gray. Abbott sped through the parking lot, drove around a corner, accelerated more and lost control, striking the tree.

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