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DUI driver preparing to go to prison

A 26-year-old Carnelian Bay man charged with driving under the influence and causing a crash that killed one man and injured two others is facing prison, prosecutors said.

Jubal Sherman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Sherman’s defense attorney Scott Freeman said his client had no intention of putting the victims or their families through a preliminary hearing, and accepted responsibility for his actions at the first opportunity.

Freeman said Sherman is scheduled to enter a plea in Douglas County District Court Nov. 15 to the charge of driving under the influence with a fatality. Probation is not a sentencing option in this case, although it will be Sherman’s first conviction.

“He has no prior record whatsoever, and he is headed to prison. He made one really bad mistake,” Freeman said. “He is a poster case for why you don’t drink and drive.”

Marcos Guiterrez, 23, of South Lake Tahoe was killed in the March 20 accident. According to investigators, Sherman’s blood alcohol level was .23 when he drove his pickup across the center line at the Lakeridge curve on U.S. Highway 50 near Cave Rock. Sherman’s truck struck a van and then continued on to crush the driver’s side of Guiterrez’s car. The driver of the van, Edwin Powers, 61, of Carson City, reportedly suffered a broken neck. Ysidro Martinez, 28, Guiterrez’s passenger, suffered a broken right shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises.

Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said Sherman’s appearance in district court was put off to allow Sherman to get his affairs in order. The maximum sentence on this case is 20 years in state prison, Buttell said.

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