Sentencing Postponed In Reno Officer Death Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Reno woman found guilty of having marijuana in her system when she pulled out in front of a motorcycle police officer will learn her sentence next month.

Washoe District Judge Janet Berry granted a defense motion on Thursday to postpone the sentencing of Anna Marie Jackson, 26, until July 28 to allow time for a psychological report.

The judge also said she questions the law under which Jackson was charged, but denied a defense motion to put off sentencing until the Nevada Supreme Court rules on the law's constitutionality.

"I believe in the next legislative session lawmakers will need to address the problems with this statute," Berry said.

Jackson was found guilty March 25 of having marijuana in her system on Sept. 26, 2002, when she pulled out of a parking lot on Mill Street and into the path of Reno motorcycle police Officer Mike Scofield.

Scofield, who was 55, died at the scene.

The jury found that Jackson had an illegal amount of marijuana metabolite in her blood but said that the evidence did not prove that she had an illegal amount of marijuana's active ingredient in her system at the time of the crash.

Her attorney asked the judge to stay Jackson's sentencing until the Supreme Court rules on an appeal of a Las Vegas district court's decision to throw out the conviction of Jessica Williams. She was found guilty under the same statute after she crashed into a group of teens collecting trash on a freeway median.

Six of the teenagers were killed in the March 2000 crash.


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