Stolen Lawn Truck Driver Pleads No Contest To Fatal Crash Charges

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Siemens Family Released A Statement:

"We have mixed emotions after learning of the plea bargain this morning.  While we are glad he admitted guilt, it is of little comfort to Jenn’s family and friends.  At least we know he won’t escape justice on a technicality."

 

 

Jefferson Potter has plead no contest to charges related to a June incident where he stole a lawn truck and ran from police, causing a chain reaction crash that left an Omaha woman dead and others injured.

In court Friday morning, Jefferson Potter plead no contest to manslaughter, theft by unlawful taking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. At the time of the crash, Potter was on parole.

Back in June, Potter stole a truck and trailer from a lawn care company in the area of 33rd and Arbor. Later the same day, witnesses reported Potter was driving erratically and speeding when he collided with a vehicle driven by Ryan Ashburn at Saddle Creek and Leavenworth. The passenger in Ashburn's vehicle, Jennifer Siemens was killed.

Potter tried to run from the scene; however, several witnesses to the crash chased him and held him until police arrived.

Mike Jasa was one of the two witnesses who ran after tackled and held 28-year-old Jefferson Potter after he crashed a stolen vehicle into three vehicles.

Police arrived and discovered that Potter was carrying a loaded handgun in his back pocket, " I'm glad i didn't know that before hand , said Jasa.

Jasa says he reacted on instinct and he thinks he might have been a little more hesitant if he knew Potter had a gun.

Potter will be sentenced in January.

In response to the plea, the family of Jennifer Siemens released a statement. They are hoping to get a good amount of people to write letters to Judge Derr, who will ultimately decide the sentence for Potter.

"In light of Nebraska’s Good-Time policy we appreciate all the support you can offer," said Kevin Siemens, Jennifer's father.

Jennifer's old workplace, Next Millenium has a Facebook page that will have information on how to write to Judge Derr.


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