Separate drivers appear for aggravated homicide counts


SUBLETTE COUNTY – Two felony cases with charges of aggravated homicide by vehicle are moving through the courts.

On Thursday morning, March 25, Jade S. Jewkes pleaded not guilty to two alternative accounts related to the Jan. 1 collision-death of another driver, Shane Deal of Pinedale, in Hoback Canyon.

Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson charged Jewkes with aggravated homicide by vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more as well as intoxication rendering Jewkes incapable of driving safely. Although she could only be sentenced to one of the “alternative” charges, Jewkes pleaded not guilty to them separately, as well as a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated.

Jewkes is released on $150,000 cash or surety bond. She requested a jury trial.

Two more aggravated homicide by vehicle charges, filed on Jan. 27, accuse Alex W. Smith of Santa Cruz, Calif., of driving impaired to a degree rendering him incapable of safely driving, related to the July 14, 2020, fatal collision with Colorado resident Gerald Fagerhaug on Highway 191 near the Hoback Rim. Smith was life-flighted with massive injuries.

Smith is also charged with the alternative aggravated homicide by vehicle while driving recklessly.He turned himself in and paid a $250,000 cash or surety bond set in Circuit Court on March 17. Smith’s preliminary hearing is set for April 19 at 10 a.m. in Circuit Court.

All of aggravated homicide charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and $10,000 fines.

*Editor's note: A previous version of the story stated Jewkes pleaded guilty to the “alternative” charges separately. A word was missing from that sentence. She pleaded not guilty to those charges. The Roundup apologizes for that error.

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