CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland man charged with killing an State Highway Patrol trooper was released from the Cuyahoga County Jail Friday night, according to court records and his attorney.
Josh Gaspar, 37, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of trooper Kenneth Velez. The crash happened on Interstate 90 near the Cleveland-Lakewood border. The father of three was killed by the impact.
Officials have said that Gaspar was under the influence of drugs when the crash happened. Defense attorney Jonathan Sinn vehemently denied that accusation and said that he and his client intends to take the case to trial. The trial is scheduled to begin March 1, but will likely be pushed back, Sinn said.
"He's getting out. He's going back to work, and he's trying to get his life back together," Sinn said.State Highway Patrol
Sinn noted that Gaspar posted 10 percent of his $500,000 bond in early July, but he remained in jail because he was on probation from a 2014 conviction in Alabama where he sold prescription drugs to an undercover informant. Securing his release in Cuyahoga County required a hearing in Alabama, Sinn said.
Gaspar's release comes with a slew of conditions. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitor and he's not allowed to leave Cuyahoga and Summit counties. He'll also undergo regular drug testing. He was also required to surrender his passport.
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