Humphries accepts plea deal

Audreyonna Humphries
Audreyonna Humphries

REED CITY  — A Marion woman charged with causing a deadly crash accepted a plea agreement last week in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.

On Friday, Audreyonna Joy Humphries, 22, of Marion, pleaded no contest to failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault, resulting in death. In exchange for her plea, the Osceola County Prosecutor's Office dismissed one count of reckless driving causing death, one count of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such by the court for sentencing purposes. The court accepted her plea and acknowledged civil liability as the reason for a no contest plea.

While driving a stolen vehicle on Oct. 18, 2013, police say Humphries lost control of the car along 20 Mile Road in Marion Township, causing the car to flip over. Two passengers, Jasmine Rogers, 13, and Shaylah Jordan Gascoigne, 13, were ejected from the backseat.

Rogers died at the scene of the accident from injuries, while Gascoigne suffered critical injuries. Another girl, Lauren Brocht, 12, was riding in the front seat and received minor injuries.

According to police, Humphries fled the scene without seeking medical assistance for the injured passengers.

Earlier this month, Humphries was granted a personal recognizance bond after having been lodged at the Osceola County Jail on $100,000 bond since her arraignment on Oct. 21, 2013. That bond will continue until sentencing, which is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court. Humphries faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.