Convicted ex-trooper killed in apparent suicide

| 10/15/2002

An ex-trooper apparently killed himself Friday night when he walked into the path of a tractor-trailer. He pleaded guilty earlier in the week to sexually assaulting a young relative three years ago.

Gary Born, an 11-year Colorado State Patrol veteran, apparently jumped in front of a tractor-trailer about 9:15 p.m. Friday and was killed instantly, the Denver Post reported. Notes he left to family members hours before his death appear to hint at his intentions.

Born was sentenced Wednesday to two years in a work-release program and to 20 years of supervised probation for sexually assaulting the girl, now 11. He allegedly would sneak into the girl's room at night and assault her.

About 9:10 p.m. Friday, Born reportedly parked his car on the shoulder of eastbound Colorado 58, just west of the I-70 interchange. He walked a short distance down the highway and at 9:14 p.m. he allegedly walked in front of the semi.