[UPDATED with Dead Woman's Family Reacts to No Jail Time:] Gabrielle Jane Nestande Guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide
Update No. 1 on the next page about Gabby being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, and Update No. 2 on page 2 on the sentence including probation, a fine but no jail time.
After the collision that took the life of 30-year-old Courtney Griffin, the defense and prosecution agree, the daughter of former OC supervisor, assemblyman and GOP chairman Bruce Nestande of Newport Bech drove to the home of a friend.
Her former roommate, John Ball, said from the stand he was so sickened by Gabby's recounting of the incident he reported it to police, reports The Digital Texan.
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Bell was followed to the stand by Austin Police Officer Evonne McGuire, who responded to the call to find the Beemer with a broken windshield with purple cloth and human flesh sticking out from it, Digital Texan reports. The cop reportedly said the flesh, which was in plain sight, resembled raw meat.
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But that horrific detail would also roll into what the defense claimed in its opening: that Ms. Nestande thought she had hit a deer.
|Gabby on the stand|
The failure-to-stop-and-render-aid count, coupled with charges of manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter, could have sent 25-year-old Nestande to a Texas prison for up to 50 years. Criminally negligent homicide can produce sentences in the Lone Star State ranging from 180 days to two years behind bars.
The sentencing phase of the trial was scheduled to pick up later this afternoon.