By Marsha Miller
An emotional Veronica Jaramillo told Shelby Miller and her family she was sorry for her actions that critically injured Miller and caused the death of her unborn child during the early morning hours of April 28.
The apology came Thursday morning in District Judge Dennis Morris’ courtroom when Jaramillo pleaded no contest to two counts of assault and battery by means and force likely to cause death.
Morris accepted the plea, convicting Jaramillo. He immediately sentenced the 29-year-old woman to 10-years with all but 180 days deferred. The local beautician was ordered to serve the jail time at the Carter County Detention Center. The remainder of the sentence will be under the restrictions of supervised probation. In addition, Jaramillo is to complete 200 hours of community service and pay restitution in the amount of $6,500 to cover the funeral costs for Miller’s child and compensate her for lost wages.
Jaramillo was not taken into immediate custody. Instead Morris ordered her to begin serving the 180 days of jail time at 8 a.m. Feb. 11.
District Attorney Craig Ladd said the plea and sentence were the result of plea negotiations with his office.
Following the court proceedings Ladd talked about the case and his decision to enter into plea negotiations.
“I hope this brings some measure of comfort to Shelby and her family. They were anxious to get this chapter of their lives behind them and move on,” he said.
During the August preliminary hearing of the case Ardmore Police Officer Chris Clark testified he had responded to a South Commerce Street bar about 1:30 a.m. April 28. Jaramillo told Clark she and a male companion had been involved in a dispute with two members of Miller’s family. Jaramillo sought their arrests. Clark said he explained the complaint would be investigated by the allegations revolved around a misdemeanor and no arrests would be made.
Clark said less than an hour later he heard police dispatchers send officers to the Miller’s Hailey Street residence.
Jaramillo injured Miller during an altercation with member’s of Miller’s family in the street outside the residence. Jaramillo reportedly attempted to drive through the crowd of angry people in the street, and struck** Miller. The 20-year-old victim was taken to the local hospital and then airlifted to a medical facility in Oklahoma City, where she subsequently lost the child she was carrying.
Jaramillo was free on a $15,000 bond pending the outcome of the case.
Jaramillo pleads no contest
By Marsha Miller