23-year-old Jerald Roberts changed his plea to guilty Tuesday morning in 4th Judicial District Court. Roberts plead guilty to aggravated homicide by vehicle. The charge stems from a one vehicle rollover on April 20th 2009 that took the life of Christopher Fletcher. The accident occurred just after midnight on the Interstate 90 on-ramp near K-Mart, where Roberts failed to negotiate the turn, the vehicle rolled, ejecting both occupants from the vehicle. Fletcher was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecuting Attorney Matt Redle said that evidence shows that both occupants of the vehicle had blood alcohol levels 3 times over the legal limit. Redle also stated that the autopsy indicated that the cause of death was blunt trauma from injuries sustained in the crash, and that the injuries to Fletcher were consistent with him being in the passengers seat.
Roberts' Defense Attorney Hardy Tate, stated that his client was extremely intoxicated and has no recollection of the events that resulted in Fletcher's death. Terms of the plea agreement reached with the state are for Roberts to serve no less than 2 years and no more than 4 years. 4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of June 22nd at 9 am.