Judge Grants Woman Leave To Wed Before Sentencing

Mike Scofield
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A woman convicted in the death of a Reno motorcycle officer has been granted a two-day suspension from house arrest to marry her boyfriend before she is sentenced.

Anna Marie Jackson, 26, was convicted in March of having a prohibited amount of a prohibited substance in her blood, causing a death.

Officer Mike Scofield, 55, died in the 2002 accident when Jackson pulled out in front of him while responding to another accident scene. She was charged with his death after tests revealed she had marijuana in her system.

District Judge Janet Barry on Thursday granted Jackson's request for a 48-hour furlough over the objections of prosecutors.

"The house arrest terms appear to be just one more inconvenience that the state of Nevada has put upon her lifestyle," Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn wrote in a motion filed with the court.

"She makes no effort to demonstrate her views have changed, why she should be treated differently than any other person convicted of a felony involving the death of a human being or any assurances that this otherwise festive occasion would not result in any further tragedy."

At Thursday's hearing, defense lawyer Kenneth Stover said Tom Crowley proposed to Jackson after the guilty verdict was rendered March 25.

"We're not asking that she have a honeymoon, but asking the court to allow her time to get married before she is incarcerated," Stover said.

Jackson faces two to 20 years in prison when sentenced June 4.

Stover said the couple plans to marry in North Lake Tahoe.

The days will be coordinated by court services, which did not oppose the request.