Jeena Roberts makes pre-trial appearance for bond-jumping charge - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Jeena Roberts makes pre-trial appearance for bond-jumping charge

Jeena Roberts (left) was in Lubbock County Court on Friday. Jeena Roberts (left) was in Lubbock County Court on Friday.

The former Texas Tech University student who pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in November was back in court on Friday.  

Jeena Roberts, 24, attended a pre-trial hearing for her bond-jumping case in the 140th District Court of Lubbock County around 11 a.m.

Roberts pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault in connection with an October 22, 2010 car accident that killed 54-year-old Linda Smaltz and seriously injured her daughter Bethany Vasquez.  

After being sentenced to a total of 23 years for both crimes, the judge allowed Roberts to spend one last Christmas with her family before beginning to serve her time. She was required to turn herself in on Monday, January 7 but Roberts failed to show up to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Failure to appear in court is a third-degree felony. Roberts could face up to 10 additional years in prison if the judge chooses to stack her charges. The judge could also choose to have her charges run concurrently.

Court documents show on Wednesday, her new attorney, Robert Scardino filed an appeal to her guilty plea for the intoxication manslaughter case. 

Scardino said she was told she could not appeal the guilty charges.

"We're giving notice of appeal complaining that she had a right to appeal," he said. "That was erroneous information she was given and now she wants to exercise her right to appeal her guilty plea and the fact that she was found guilty and sentenced."

The judge has not set a trial date for the bond-jumping case yet.


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