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Henderson Family Asks Community to Show Up for Sentencing of Driver Who Killed Son

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 25, 2023 7:30 am

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – A motorist who police say was speeding more than 97 miles per hour in front of a Henderson school before turning onto the sidewalk and killing a kid will be sentenced on Wednesday. The family of Rex Patchett wants the judge to sentence the driver to the maximum penalty and is encouraging the community to attend the hearing to express their support.

“My son, on that street, on that sidewalk, on that day, represents any child that could have been on that sidewalk,” contended Jason Patchett.

Patchett, accompanied by son Luke and daughter Bella, spoke of the awful loss his family has been dealing with for over a year.

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“At that moment, our whole lives were forever changed,” Patchett recalled of learning his son had been killed. On March 7, 2022, Patchett got a startling text message.

“Hey, there was a horrific accident up in front of the school. Are all your kids accounted for?” Patchett recalled. Multiple calls and texts to 13-year-old Rex went unanswered.

“Deep down in your gut… I knew something was wrong. I knew Rex was involved,” Patchett shared.

Jose Marmolejo pleaded guilty to careless driving and striking Rex, who was going home from school on Paradise Hills Drive.

“He was the glue that held our family together,” Patchett explained when describing Rex. The Patchett family says Rex was a gentle giant. At 13 years old, Rex was already 6 feet tall. Now they are fighting to get him justice.

“We are hoping that the judge will see the importance of holding people accountable that commit heinous crimes,” Patchett stated.

A man has been detained and charged with careless driving in the Henderson collision that killed a 13-year-old girl

The family created “DO IT 4 REX” t-shirts and coordinated the delivery of 400 letters to the judge requesting the harshest penalty. They believe it sends a strong message that dangerous driving with tragic effects will not be accepted in our town.

“It is just obscene. Clark County has become the capital city of the world for reckless driving as far as I’m concerned and there needs to be some changes,” Patchett contended.

In October, Marmolejo pled guilty to reckless driving. He might face up to six years in prison on Wednesday. The following are the specifics of the sentencing hearing:

The State of Nevada vs. Jose Marmolejo

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 9:30 am

Judge Carli Kierny

Courtroom 12B (12th Floor)

Regional Justice Center

200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Credits: FOX 5 VEGAS

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