Archive for Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Woman found guilty of eluding police during chase

Trooper wanted to stop pickup truck following double fatality

April 22, 2008

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— A woman was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of four charges in connection with a police chase after a double fatality hit-and-run last year in Douglas County.

Ramona I. Morgan, 48, was charged after she fled from a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper who was trying to stop her pickup truck on Sept. 11, 2007, in connection with the deaths of two highway workers south of Lawrence. The chase ended in U.S. Highway 56 in Osage County.

Tuesday afternoon, an Osage County jury found Morgan guilty of a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude police. The jury also returned guilty verdicts on these misdemeanor traffic charges: reckless driving, failure to use a turn signal and failure to maintain a single lane. She was found not guilty of two counts of speeding.

Sentencing is set for 1 p.m. May 20. She remains in Osage County Jail.

Morgan also is charged in Douglas County with reckless second-degree murder in the highway workers' deaths on U.S. Highway 59 near Pleasant Grove. She has not been tried yet on those charges.

Comments

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

I didn't get a breaking news e-mail on this! did anyone ask her, who were the "men in the caravan" and "why were they shooting at you?" I guess I understand the not guilty verdicts on speeding counts, since the felony fleeing is charged on the same acts? Osage co: hang 'em high! dg co charges will only add up to max 15 years in stir. as I wrote this morning, some time this wench is going to be released. what a wonderful prospect. can't the dg co da come up with some other charges to add? speeding in a work zone? failure to comply with LEO's orders. distruction of property. wreckless endangerment, of other workers and drivers. just a few ideas. this woman should be locked up and throw the key away!

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

They got the easy trial out of the way. Who knows what will happen in the trail here.

pimp11 7 years ago

Um was it not obvious that they were eluding the police?

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Maybe she is blind and didn't know she hit someone. That explains the swerving and speeding too:she couldn't see the speedometer.--shattlame. look further back in her head. I think her lawyer is coaching her towards getting an insanity defense. btw shatt, the thought police will get you for using the word: "blind." instead of: "visually challenged," "visually impaired," "sightless," "nonseeing," or "differently abled." so ya' better watch it.

daddax98 7 years ago

Hopefully she will do every single second of her sentence before she goes away for the Deaths. no concurrent sentences for this wench!

topflight 7 years ago

Well, we all know Branson (district attorney, ha) will be trying this since there will be media there. My bet is he completely screws it up. She gets credit for time spent,and spends less than 4 years in jail. Not to mention the Judges in Douglas will feel bad for her and probably believe her crap story. Anyone else want to place a bet?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

"spends less than 4 years in jail"I bet you are right. This was reckless, but getting a serious sentence without "intent" is going to be difficult, I think.

igby 7 years ago

Let's see, Branson's office just gave a guy 90 day's for doing about the same thing. (Times 2),thats on 180 days that she will do in jail, however, since she was not under the influence of liquor they will depart from the sentencing guide lines and only give her 120 days in jail, and four years probation.Now do you see the real of it?

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