Pulaski Co. father sentenced for crash that injured his daughter

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - James Jasper wasn't given any jail time but Judge David Tapp still had a lot to say to the father..who admitted to driving drunk...and causing a serious crash.

"It is a terrifying prospect when you think about the possibility that your own child could suffer such grievous injury,” said Tapp.

12 year old Jaden is back to school and her family says she's doing better but initially the prospects for her recovery were very grim. Her father admitted to drinking 12 cans of beer..and being under the influence of drugs when the March 5th crash occurred.

“And it is unfortunate that it has been your own indifference which has resulted in grevious injuries that has your daughter has suffered,” said Tapp.

The judge ordered Jasper to apologize to his daughter in the form of a letter, a copy of which must be given to the commonwealth's attorney and possibly put in the local paper.

Jasper was given 9 months of home incarceration and he can only leave for church and AA meetings which he must attend twice a week.

“My concern is not that you will ever, ever, do this again. If you do, you shall be prosecuted, you shall be incarcerated for a lengthy period of time,” said Tapp.

Any violation of probation could result in Jasper serving the entire 10 year prison term. Jasper did not want to talk about the sentence or his daughter's condition as he was leaving.

"No comment right now, appreciate it though,” said Jasper as he exited the courtroom with his wife, relatives, and minister.

Jasper also forfeited his driver's license and was told it was being revoked for 30 days.


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