Jak-Scht Sentenced

November 16, 2012

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Michael Jakscht, the trash truck driver who ran over eight motorcycles in Phoenix in March 2010, was sentenced to 26 years in prison this afternoon by an Arizona judge. Under Arizona’s Truth In Sentencing Law Jakscht will do about 230 months. His release date should be late in the year 2031 or early in 2032.

Judge Joseph C. Welty could have sentenced Jakscht to 157 years in the penitentiary. Prosecutor Thomas McDermott asked for 120 years. “He chose to get impaired by methamphetamine, and his choice affected the whole community,” McDermott said. “We have four people who died. Three of them burned to death. We saw pictures with the blankets and we know what was under them.”

The judge replied, “You are asking me to sentence someone to 120 years for reckless conduct. How do you justify that?”

The sentencing hearing took more than four hours to complete. Numerous survivors and other interested parties spoke and cried at the hearing.

The Accident

Jakscht ran over a pack of eight motorcycles carrying nine people at a stop light at the intersection of 27th Avenue and Carefree Highway near Interstate 17 in the middle of a bright and sunny day. He was intoxicated on methamphetamine at the time and he never braked. He was tried twice. Jurors had to decide whether Jakscht simply never braked or whether a mechanical defect caused the collision. Jakscht claimed he pushed the brake pedal all the way to the floor but the brakes failed.

Jurors also had to decide whether Jakscht was actually intoxicated at the time of the accident or whether he simply had methamphetamine in his system. He was acquitted at his first trial because jurors were not convinced he was legally “under the influence.” His lawyers argued that he had not actually ingested meth but only diet pills. Jurors at his second trial concluded that the truck driver was voluntarily intoxicated and that he acted in “reckless disregard” of the consequences of that intoxication.

The collision with the motorcycles was Jakscht’s second accident in two weeks.

The Victims

The victims were all members of a very informal riding club called Krusers. The club organized rides for people who wanted to make friends in the wind.

It was a horrific accident. The four riders who died were Clyde R. Nachand, Stephen Punch, Daniel L. Butler and Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi.

A fifth victim was Phoenix Fire Captain named Ernie Lizarraga. Lizarraga was left permanently disabled and he also wanted Jakscht to get 120 years. “I spent 24 years saving people and I will never be able to do that.” Lizarraga said. “He was the judge, jury and executioner for us that day.”

In the end Judge Welty was more merciful than Jakscht’s victims would have been.



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15 Responses to “Jak-Scht Sentenced”

  1. Paladin Says:

    Well, you just never know who you might bump into, while you’re in prison.

  2. One Eye Says:

    Fucking cunt. Twenty six years that he won’t even serve. Let me see, by my calculation they will still be dead and he’ll be out in 20 years. Four lives and countless others affected are worth 20 years. So, once again the law CLEARLY shows us that if you open fire on an unsuspecting crowd of people it’s classified as cold blooded murder, however, if you get drunk or you’re a junkie fuck tweaker and run people over it’s deemed by a judge-who is supposed to be wise and a pillar of rectitude-as “reckless conduct.” Hopefully, justice will meted out in another fashion.

  3. rollinnorth Says:

    Had he been selling meth,instead of running over riders while wasted on it, he would have gotten consecutive life sentences.


  4. Abraham Iker Says:

    I think whoever sold him the meth should be charged as an accessory. I hate junkies almost as much as their dealers. My feelings are only slightly less harsh for junkies and dealers of legal drugs. Much respect to those that have beat the addition and recovered.

  5. RLG Says:

    Meth needs to go the way of the Quaalude…

  6. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    FUCK TWEAKERS. The murderer deserves the death penalty, more specifically he needs to be burned to death so he can see how his victims felt.

    YYZ Skinhead

  7. Samurai Says:

    Only 5 fucking years per life, that’s it. Fucking pathetic. Those who died will never come back and the grief their family and loved ones feel will never truly fade and this worthless piece of shit will walk within 20 years, free to do whatever he wants. I hope he gets ass raped every day and then the day before his release he suffers an “accident” of his own

  8. Junior Says:

    …The Bifield petition above is setup to email The SC prosecutor, William Nettles personal secretary as signature milestones are reached. Please sign it and share it with others. -Junior

  9. Brain Fart Says:

    All my life people told me I didn’t know this Jack Shit guy. Now I’m glad. Fucking asshole, hope he dies slowly and in much pain.

  10. Erudite Hillbilly Says:

    I would have been OK with him getting 120 years; however, I am not OK with what he got.

  11. IrishDragon Says:

    He got off way to easy…karma is a bitch though.


  12. Tricky Tramp Says:

    With regard to the Petition that is being urged on this site:
    I don’t know why the link has been pasted to this particular article as it has no relevance here.
    As far as I can find out, Junior has had no sanction from any Club member to start the Petition. More importantly, nor from Dan himself. This is not the sort of thing that Dan would approve of and if he even thought about a Petition it certainly wouldn’t be only about him and would include his wife Lisa and fellow accused.
    At best the Petition is ill thought out and at worst I consider it interference.
    People who interfere in any Clubs business usually do more harm than good and it is considered very disrespectful to interfere.
    Junior and Bi-polar, you have both been given my mail address by Rebel as I wanted to know the origin and permission of this Petition, so far no response.
    If a future Petition is ever mounted for this or any other cause it will be very obvious that it is official.
    I do not consider this one official, so I will not be signing it.
    Respects to those worthy of it.

  13. Tricky Tramp Says:

    Petition update:
    Diamond Dan never asked for it and don’t want it.
    Respedts to those worthy

  14. Oldgirl Says:

    TT. I’m w/you. I also agree w/Mr. Iker about meth. A bitch of a drug. Road w/a MC club 30 yrs ago. Have nothing but respect for them & they are very dear to my heart.

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