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Man involved in crash that killed former Pima County Supervisor sentenced to nearly 5 years

Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 18, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Pima County Judge sentenced the man involved in the crash that killed a former Pima County Supervisor Monday afternoon.

Jarrad Barnes is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on a negligent homicide charge and 2.25 years on an endangerment charge, to be served consecutively. The judge also sentenced Barnes to three years probation upon release.

In 2016, Barnes was driving a car that smashed head-on into the car of 77-year-old Ann Day, a former Pima County Supervisor and sister to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Traffic investigators said Barnes was driving around 80 miles an hour at the time of the crash near Ina Road and First Avenue. Tests showed Barnes had three drugs in his system at the time of the crash.

Day was a Pima County Supervisor for 12 years, from 2000 to 2012. She served as an Arizona State Senator from 1990 to 2000.

Barnes was set to be sentenced Nov. 4, but a bomb threat at the courthouse that day pushed back the hearing.