SF Man Given Max. Sentence For Manslaughter
by Jill Johnson
July 08, 2013 10:06 PM
The Sioux Falls man accused of causing a fatal car crash after leading police on high speed chase in a stolen vehicle learned his fate. Kyle Jones, who was 19 at the time of the crash, was given the maximum sentence of 50 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Second Circuit Court Judge Patricia Riepel said, "The court is going to impose 50 years in the South Dakota Penitentiary."
It was at around 4 o'clock on Monday afternoon, that family and friends of 33-year-old Jade Thie heard the words they had been waiting for. The man who pleaded guilty to killing their loved one will spend a great deal of his adult life behind bars.
Authorities say on March 1, 2012 Kyle Jones was driving a stolen vehicle. When police tried to pull him over, they say he hit the gas and led them on a high speed chase. After reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour, the chase was called off, but moments later, on Cliff Avenue and 60th Street North, Jones crashed into a minivan. The driver of the van, Jade Thie was killed and the passengers in both vehicles seriously injured. Jade's father, Toby, was one of several family members to address Jones in the courtroom.
Jade's father Toby Thie said to Jones, "Only you made that decision and in doing so you brutally sacrificed the life of my son Jade Joseph Thie."
Other than pleading guilty to manslaughter, Jones has never expressed remorse. The 20-year-old, who has a past of criminal behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, sat with his head down until the judge asked if he wanted to address the courtroom.
Jones said, "I regret it everyday. I wish, some days, I wish I could have changed it, switched places. Everyday I have guilt. I never wanted to have it happen like that."
The words were not enough to effect the judge's decision. The decision is what Jade's family had been hoping for, but they say no amount of time will bring him back. They say only memories can keep him alive. They were kept alive on Monday by wearing Jade's favorite t-shirt to court.
Thie family friend Herm Martin said, "Kyle Jones made some extremely bad choices that took away someone so loved; husband, father, brother, son and friend."
Along with court costs and attorney fees, Jones was ordered to pay more than $12,000 in restitution. Jones will be eligible for parole at the age of 44.