CAÑON CITY — “It’s something that I’ve been waiting for for a long time," said Tamlin Oliver when reflecting on the year-long journey that's lead to one man's sentencing in court on February 24th.
“I pray that things go the way they should be for justice for my baby.”
Oliver's baby - Jesse James - died in Jan. 2020 after his father, Isaac Bullard ran over the 23-month old in the driveway of his home in Fremont County.
Wednesday, Bullard was sentenced to six years in prison for vehicular homicide and six years for extraction of marijuana concentrate. The sentences will run concurrently.
The original hearing was scheduled for February 1st, but was postponed. However, Oliver had already traveled up to Cañon City from Texas to give her testimony.
“I was able to see him and know that he’s never gonna change and I should never feel sorry for him!”
Oliver says she believes the "death penalty is too good for him".
“I know that a lot of people are going to be 'OH poor Isaac he just needs mental help,' but that’s just not true."
As for the actual sentencing, Oliver expects Bullard to get off with "less than what he deserves". Now that she is a mother again to two-month old Hank, Oliver says she won't be coming back up to see the hearing in person.
“It’s too hard to leave him, I just can’t, I can’t do it.”
Back in January of last year, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office released a probable cause report Thursday, detailing the chain of events leading up to the child's death.
According to that report, Bullard said he left his house around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22. Investigators say Bullard hit the boy as he drove off, but Bullard said he did not notice it at the time.
According to that report, Bullard said he left his house around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators say Bullard hit the boy as he drove off, but Bullard said he did not notice it at the time. The reports state deputies gave Bullard an impairment test and blood testing and found marijuana in his system, and he admitted to smoking a dab hours before the accident. Deputies said they have surveillance video from a neighbor that shows the incident.
One day after the incident, the sheriff's office performed a warranted search at Bullard's home, which is how the charges related to the illegal marijuana grow operation were added.
Neighbors told News5 at the time Bullard had not lived there long, maybe for around a year. They also said learning more about the incident was shocking and saddening.
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