Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Convicted Banker Seated On Board.(State)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

An Albuquerque investment banker convicted of vehicular homicide in 1991 for an alcohol-related fatality was sworn in Friday as a Commission on Higher Education member.

Gov. Bill Richardson defended the appointment, saying Paul Donisthorpe is "sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust," a spokesman said.

Donisthorpe pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years in prison for the 1990 traffic death of Albuquerque sixth-grade teacher Jillian A. Howard.

He was accused of driving a pickup through a red light at Lomas and Fifth NW, striking Howard's car. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath-alcohol test. …

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