Man who killed driver in Kyle crash sentenced to prison


KYLE

Man who killed driver in crash sentenced

A 24-year-old convicted last week of intoxication manslaughter for his role in a deadly crash in Hays County in 2016 has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Jarred Farmer was arrested on the manslaughter charge nearly a year after the Jan. 7, 2016, crash in Kyle that left 33-year-old Steven Vasquez dead, according to the Hays County District Attorney.

Farmer had been placed on deferred adjudication probation for an earlier drug possession charge at the time of the crash.

After his December 2016 arrest, authorities also charged him with illegal possession of alprazolam, also known as Xanax, the attorney’s office said.

Farmer reached an agreement with authorities in which he pleaded guilty to both charges, and admitted to violating his probation.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the intoxication manslaughter charge, 12 years for the drug charge and six more for violating probation.

The sentences will be served concurrently, authorities said.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

TAYLOR

School clerk accused of stealing $7k

An administrative clerk at a Lutheran school in Taylor is accused of stealing more than $7,000 from the school, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shanna Inez Richardson, 31, of Hutto, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail.

The principal of St. Paul Lutheran School at 610 Fowzer St. in Taylor and the school board president told police Feb. 5 that the IRS asked them to submit a tax form for Sept. 30, 2017, to Jan. 1, the affidavit says. When school leaders asked Richardson to put a spreadsheet together for an audit related to the IRS request, she was reluctant to do it, according to the affidavit.

When the principal and the school board president did the audit themselves, without Richardson’s help, they discovered Richardson — who was supposed to be paid $5,240.04 — had actually been paid $12,634.05.

Richardson had issued herself checks for $7,394.01 more than the school owed her, the affidavit says. When the principal and the school board president tried to confront Richardson, they learned that she had already taken her child out of class and removed her own personnel file, the affidavit says.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

ROUND ROCK

Police search for man accused of stealing gun

Round Rock police are looking for a 20-year-old man accused of stealing a firearm from the closet of a house in North Round Rock in October, according to a post on their Facebook page.

Police said Derek Thomas Darden stole the firearm when he was alone in the house one afternoon. The owner then reported the theft, a state jail felony, to the police.

A Williamson County District Judge has issued a warrant for Darden’s arrest, police said. A state jail felony is punishable by up to two years in jail.

Anyone with tips can call 512-218-5515 or submit an anonymous tip to the tip411 website.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Police investigating small fires

University of Texas police are investigating small fires that were set on bulletin boards in San Jacinto Residence Hall.

University officials said they had no information on exactly when the fires were set, or any other information.

Both police and Fire Prevention Services are investigating.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the fires to call university police at 512-471-4441, ext. 9, and ask for the criminal investigations unit.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman



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