KINGMAN — A judge in Kingman rejected probation and ordered prison for a West Jordan, Utah, woman responsible for a single-vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of her boyfriend’s daughter.

Mohave County Superior Court judge Rick Lambert imposed a 21⁄2-year prison term for Marissa Sloan, 22, on Monday.

Sloan had an extensive history of misdemeanor convictions, most of them drug related, and she had no valid license when she was driving a Saturn that left Highway 68 and rolled in Golden Valley on April 29, 2018.

Presley Hope Farmer, 10, was seriously injured when ejected and she died after being taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Sloan was convicted of a death by use of a vehicle charge through a plea agreement.

Defense attorney Kenneth Beane said Sloan and the girl were arguing about the girl’s refusal to use her seat belt at the time of the wreck.

“I should have pulled over and put her seat belt on,” Sloan told judge Lambert. “I feel probation would be good for me.”

Prosecutor Jeff Haws took no position on punishment but noted that accident witnesses driving other vehicles said the Saturn was speeding and failing to maintain lane position before crashing.

Lambert expressed concern for Sloan’s drug abuse, her criminal history and her decision to drive when she had no driver’s license.

“You had no right to get in that car. None!” Lambert said in an elevated voice. He said the decision cost the life of a child and he scoffed at her claim that it was a gust of wind that pushed the Saturn off the highway.

“I don’t believe that for one minute,” Lambert said, noting the other drivers had no trouble keep ing their vehicles in their lanes.

(2) comments

Gmajudi11

I'm disgusted!! Judge Lambert let this young woman, Marissa Sloan who has an extensive history of drug and other offences, off with a slap on the hand. It's my opinion that 2 1/2 years, for someone who apparently has no regard for the law, is nothing for causing the death of an innocent child. This child had only 10 yrs of life when Ms. Sloan chose to get in the driver's seat, having no license, and then putting a child in the car with her. Did she even check to see if she was properly belted in, No. Was she even clean and sober? Then she chooses to say that a gust of wind caused her accident and she was arguing with the child about being belted in, well what's the truth? Whatever the truth may be, it doesn't matter to the child who is dead! Ms. Sloan purposely chose to start the car and drive, regardless of the law - no license! then instead of waiting till she, as the adult, made sure of the child's safety, she took off driving. As a parent and grandparent, I always remember the safety of any child in my car. A child's life was foolishly lost due to this criminal and she only gets 2 1/2 years, 30 months, that's ridiculous? I am disgusted by Judge Lambert's choice of punishment! It's another criminal getting off with a light sentence!! Yes, I am angered by this as I would hope many, many others should be. If this Judge uses the excuse of that's what the 'law' says he could do, then the laws Need to be changed!


KingmanRonbo

How can you come to all your conclusions without knowing the facts of the case? As an attorney, I wouldn't want you on any jury of mine.


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