SUBLETTE COUNTY – The Jackson woman who pleaded guilty on May 27 to causing the New Year’s Day aggravated vehicular homicide of a Pinedale man will be sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 19, in 9th District Court.
Jade S. Jewkes changed her earlier “not guilty” pleas made at her March 25 arraignment without forging a plea agreement between her attorney and Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson. This is called a “cold plea,” leaving the prosecution and defense to argue their respective, recommended sentences to 9th District Judge Marv Tyler.
Jewkes’ 12-person, five-day jury trial beginning Sept. 20 is canceled, court records show.
Jewkes was driving through Hoback Canyon on New Year’s Day when her vehicle collided almost head-on with a truck driven in the opposite direction by Shane Deal, of Pinedale. Deal was life-flighted to St. John’s Hospital and was to be transferred to Idaho Falls’ Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Deal died at the Jackson hospital. Jewkes was treated for injuries to her hands, records show.
Jewkes was arrested and charged with the felony of aggravated homicide by vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 percent, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She was also charged with the felony of aggravated homicide by vehicle while incapable of safely driving, which has the same maximum sentence.
She also pleaded guilty to driving under the misdemeanor of influence of alcohol, with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $750 fine.
Crosson requested five hours for Judge Tyler to hear both sides’ sentencing arguments. The judge set aside five and a half hours for the Aug. 19 hearing, which starts at 9 a.m.