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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Woman pleads guilty in bicyclist's death | Columbus Dispatch

An angry Franklin County Common Pleas judge threw a 20-year-old University District woman into jail yesterday after she admitted that she’d smoked marijuana before pleading guilty to the hit-skip death of a Columbus man.
Judge Mark A. Serrott said it was “ridiculous” that Jasmine J. Herring, of 361 Clinton St., had been using drugs before coming to court to plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence in the July 3 death of 21-year-old Elijah Smith.
Serrott set a bond hearing for 9 a.m. Thursday to decide whether Herring should remain in jail while she awaits her May 29 sentencing. He said he heard that she had been “out clubbing” and so questioned her about drug use during her plea hearing yesterday.
The defense and prosecuting attorneys recommended a sentence of four years and 11 months in prison, with early release possible. Serrott said he didn’t know whether he would accept that recommendation.

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