A woman involved in a hit and run that resulted in a man’s death pleaded true Tuesday to violating the terms of her probation and was sentenced to eight years in the state penitentiary and issued a $1,000 fine.
Brandi Elaine Wolff, 20, and her attorney Grady Swindle reached the plea deal with the prosecution hours before a hearing to decide her fate was scheduled to take place.
Wolff was on probation for taking part in an aggravated robbery attempt and beating of a Stephenville man in September 2006. She pleaded guilty to that offense and was given 10 years deferred adjudication and placed on probation.
In February, Wolff landed in more trouble after getting involved in a hit and run that killed David Wayne Jarma.
The incident that led to Jarma’s death took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 17 when motorists reported seeing Jarma lying on the street in the 500 block of East Washington.
An investigation into the incident revealed that earlier in the evening Jarma and Wolff had some type of dispute at The Junction, according to Det. Sgt. Russell Ford with the Stephenville Police Department.
Ford said Wolff then called Vernon Ray Montgomery to come pick her up from the gas station. When Montgomery arrived, Wolff got in his 1990 GMC dually pickup and left - but not before Jarma latched on and clung to the side of the truck.
Ford said Montgomery and Wolff told him they traveled quite a ways - with Jarma still hanging on - before he fell off near the downtown square.
Ford said they both told him they felt a “bump” when the wheels of the dually ran over Jarma.
In April, Jarma, who never regained consciousness following the accident, died from injuries he sustained.
After Jarma’s death, Wolff was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, with a punishment range of two to 20 years in the state penitentiary.
Before District Judge Don Jones agreed to the terms of the plea deal and sentenced her to eight years confinement, he said Wolff violated the terms of her probation a variety of ways by failing to avoid drugs and alcohol, not paying her fines, not reporting to her probation officer and not performing community service.
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.