Roberts fails to report to serve sentence

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 1/10/2013 12:18 pm
A former Texas Tech student who was scheduled to begin serving her sentence Monday, for causing a deadly car collision, missed her deadline to surrender and begin serving her sentence.

After returning by bus from a school-sponsored trip, in October 2010, Roberts admited she was drunk when she slammed into an SUV on 4th Street near Buddy Holly Avenue killing 54-year-old Linda Smaltz and injuring two passengers.

In November, she pled guilty and was sentenced to eight years for intoxication assault to be served concurrently with a longer sentence for intoxication manslaughter.

Lubbock Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell said, "When she entered her plea of guilty and was sentenced to 15 years, we obviously argued she needed to be taken into custody at the time. The judge graciously allowed her to spend the last Christmas with her family." We presented the case to the grand jury and they indicted her on third degree bail jumping."

Roberts could face an additional 2-to-10 years, and a $10,000 fine.

"I don't have any reason to believe her family is hiding her out, or anything else like, but if we do get evidence of that then we will deal with them as well," he said. "Anybody we feel like is helping her in anyway we will present those cases to the grand jury as well."

Powell said this situation should have never happened in the first place.

"I know law enforcement is looking for her, and I don't want to tip anything as far as that is concerned," he said. "We have law enforcement officers at risk potentially. They have a million other things to be doing, and shouldn't be have to deal with this situation, but again now we are having to put resources in a situation that should
never exist."

Judge Jim Bob Darnell who gave Roberts five weeks with her family before she had to surrender said he will not discuss the case until Roberts is behind bars.

Attorneys for Roberts filed a motion for a new trail at the end of December. Frank Sellers said they are only working on that part of this case.

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