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Ventura County Man Convicted Of Second Degree Murder In Death Of Sheriff's Deputy

Funeral sevice for Ventura County Sheriff's deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko

A Ventura County man has been convicted of second degree murder for a hit and run crash which killed a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy.

Kevin Hogrefe was driving under the influence when he struck, and fatally injured deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko in October of 2014. The deputy had just wrapped up a traffic stop on Highway 101’s northbound Lewis Road onramp when he was hit by Hogrefe.

Hogrefe fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later when he crashed following a short pursuit. The 27 year old man now faces a 15 years to life sentence for his felony DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident convictions. Sentencing is set for November 14th.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.