A Labette County judge followed recommendations and sentenced Tiffany Nicole Jakee to nearly 14 years in prison for second-degree murder and other counts related to her killing her boyfriend with her car.
Jakee, 30, of Parsons faced seven charges in Labette County District Court related to events on April 1, 2020, that took the life of her boyfriend, William Alexander Treiber, 30, of St. Paul. She was charged with first-degree murder, an off-grid felony. She was also charged with failing to stop at an accident involving death or personal injury, a mid-level felony, and two counts of aggravated endangering a child, both low level felonies. Jakee was also charged with two misdemeanors and a traffic infraction.
In March, she pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, a level one felony, two counts of aggravated endangering a child, both lower-level felonies, and driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. The plea resulted from mediation and consultation with Treiber’s family.
The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the fatal car-pedestrian accident. According to the KHP, the accident occurred at 9:17 p.m. April 1, 2020, on U.S. 59 (North 16th Street) about four-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 400.
Jakee was southbound on U.S. 59 just south of Larsen Boulevard. She passed another southbound vehicle in a no-passing zone and then drove partially off the roadway onto the northbound shoulder and struck Treiber, who was walking south on that shoulder. Treiber was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jakee kept driving south and law enforcement stopped her 2007 Ford Mustang at 25000 Road and arrested her. Blood alcohol testing on her showed .227 at 10:11 p.m. and .205 at 10:36 p.m., according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case. A driver in Kansas is considered legally drunk at .08.
On Wednesday, Jakee’s attorney, Robert Myers, and the prosecutor, Deputy County Attorney Mandy Johnson, made their sentencing recommendations to follow the plea agreement, which requested a controlling sentence of 167 months.
Judge Fred W. Johnson asked Jakee if she had anything to say before sentencing. Jakee read from a written statement but parts of it were difficult to hear because she was crying. She turned toward Treiber’s family in the courtroom and said she would never be able to say sorry enough to them.
“I’ll never forgive myself for taking him from you,” she said.
Jakee said her life changed because of “one bad decision.”
Treiber’s family did not make a statement, but the mother of Treiber’s daughter made a statement.
Jalynn Guiot said she struggled to find the words to say on Wednesday. Guiot said she is honest with her daughter about what happened to her father a year ago and who was driving the car that killed him. Her daughter thrives and still says the prayers that her father taught her, Guiot said.
Guiot said she’s asked her daughter if she wanted to say anything to Jakee; her daughter said “nothing.” Eventually her daughter said: “I would tell her that she took my daddy from me. He was a huge part of my world,” Guiot said.
After the statement, Judge Johnson sentenced Jakee to 155 months in prison for second-degree murder and consecutive six month terms on each of the aggravated endangering a child charges. The DUI charge will be served concurrent to the prison time. Johnson also fined Jakee $750 for the DUI. Jakee will receive credit for time served in jail awaiting sentencing. That amounts to 382 days as of the date the pre-sentencing report was filed last week.
Jakee also must register as a violent offender in Kansas for 15 years after her release from prison.