Five years probation, ‘buy headstone’

Judge hands down sentence Monday in 2009 hit-and-run fatality

David Brian Jeter will have to complete a substance abuse facility program and wear a ‘SCRAM’ alcohol monitor for six months afterwards.  David Brian Jeter will have to complete a substance abuse facility program and wear a ‘SCRAM’ alcohol monitor for six months afterwards. A 32-year-old Rockdale man who chose to let the court decide his fate in a 2009 vehicle-pedestrian death near Thorndale was sentenced to five years probation Monday in 20th District Court.

David Brian Jeter was also ordered to pay $6,955 for a headstone for 18-year-old Rudy Carranza, a Thorndale High School senior who died March 13, 2009.

Jeter was charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Carranza’s body was discovered alongside FM 486, one mile north of Thorndale, the morning of March 14, when a passer-by saw a body and reported it to the sheriff’s department.

MONITOR— Prosecutor Kerry Spears said Judge Ed Magre also ordered Jeter to successfully complete an “Intermediate Sanction Facility” in Burnet.

“It is a jail-like facility that has a substance abuse treatment program,” Spears said. “The program is anywhere from 45 to 120 days.”

Jeter was also ordered to wear a Secure Cont inuous Remote A lcohol Monitor (SCRAM) for six months upon his release from the facility, according to Spears.

“He must also attend a DWI education class and install an ignition interlock on his primary vehicle,” Spears said.

Jeter’s driver’s license will be suspended for one year.

DEER— State Trooper Erik Gaston, who investigated said Jeter believed he had struck a deer in the dark, between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. the previous night, and did not stop.

Carranza was walking home when the accident occurred, Gaston said.

Gaston said Jeter drove up to the site the next morning as the trooper was investigating.

Jeter was indicted last August and was to have been tried by jury last month before he submitted an “open plea of no contest” and elected to have the judge decide the case.

CHARGE— Spears said failure to stop and render aid was the charge she brought to the grand jury and was the only charge she considered af ter studying Gaston’s report.

“In Texas, there is no such thing as involuntary manslaughter anymore,” Spears said. “The only thing similar is criminally negligent homicide which is a state jail felony. Failure to stop and render aid is a more serious charge.”

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