Drunken driver asks for probation in fatal wreck

Prosecution asks for 14 years in prison

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 28 2012 04:55:36 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2012 02:08:29 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

During closing arguments in the punishment phase of the intoxication manslaughter trial of James Trimble, 28, the man’s lawyer asked the jury for probation for his client.

“He is not the same man who was reckless and carefree when he did a horrible thing,” Defense Attorney Tylden Shaeffer told the jury.

The horrible thing Shaeffer was talking about, he said, was a motorcycle accident in 2008.

Police said Trimble was intoxicated when slammed into a slow moving car at Loop 1604 and Interstate 10.

His passenger on the cycle, Stacie Stevens, 23, was killed instantly.

Trimble, who was on probation at the time in a drunken driving case in Bandera County, plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter charges.

Given the fact that he’d been placed on probation just 58 days before the fatal wreck, prosecutors suggested the jury ignore Trimble’s request for probation and assess a 14-year sentence.

“He had every opportunity not to drink and get on that motorcycle with Stacie Stevens behind him but he did it anyway,” prosecutor Clayton Haden said during closing arguments. “He doesn’t deserve another chance.”