7OnScene: Jessica Vass sentenced to probated 10-year sentence
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The sentencing phase is complete in the trial of a Lindale woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle in connection to a fatal wreck on Toll 49 in April 2017.
Vass is on trial in connection with a fatal wreck that killed two people. The jury has sentenced Jessica Vass to a probated sentence of 10 years in prison. In addition, a fine of $10,000 is assessed. Under the probated sentence, Vass has been sentenced to 10 years prison time, which will be suspended. She must report to a probation officer for a set amount of time, pay fines and court costs, and comply with all the conditions of probation. If she violates those conditions, she can be sent to jail.
Vass will waive her right to the appeal the jury’s sentence. As a stipulation of her probation, she will be taken into custody Thursday to serve 120 days in jail with no credit for time served.
Jessica Vass is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Vass apologized to the victim’s families during the trial and told the jury that on the night of the wreck she didn’t think she was intoxicated.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about both of them," she said.
Family and friends of Jessica Vass took the stand to plead for clemency on her behalf.
KLTV’s Cinnamon Cornell is in court, providing updates.
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