Man sentenced in 2017 deadly crash

Roy Roberts Jr.

A Krebs man was sentenced to 20 years in the custody and supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for a 2017 vehicle crash that killed his passenger.

Court records show that Roy Roberts Jr., 34, was charged in February 2018 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing into a tree, which killed Brittany Roberts, near the intersection of Tannehill Road and Brewer Road on Dec. 9, 2017.

Roberts plead no contest to first-degree manslaughter and received 20 years in the custody and supervision of ODOC with all but five years suspended with credit for time served, according to court records. Documents show after his release from ODOC custody, Roberts is to be supervised by the ODOC’s probation and parole for two years.

As per the agreement, Roberts is to register as a violent offender under the Oklahoma Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act. The act requires Roberts to register with local law enforcement and ODOC for the duration of his sentence and must remain on the registry for a period of 10 years after completion of any sentence.

According to an affidavit in the case, Roy Roberts was driving a 2000 Pontiac sedan and Brittany Roberts was in the passenger’s seat when Roy Roberts departed the roadway and struck a fence before continuing west through a field at a high rate of speed and striking a tree.

The vehicle rotated through the fence and into the roadway of Brewer Road and immediately became engulfed in flames and continued to burn, the affidavit states.

Witnesses on scene stated that Roy Roberts was unconscious in the driver’s seat and woke up to them knocking on the window. Witnesses state in the affidavit that Roy Roberts climbed over Brittany Roberts and kicked the window out of the passenger side door to exit, Roy Roberts briefly attempted to pull Brittany Roberts out of the vehicle before passing out next to the vehicle and leaving Brittany Roberts in the passenger seat.

A medical examiner determined the cause of her death to be smoke inhalation and thermal injuries suffered in the fire, according to the affidavit.

Troopers obtained a search warrant for Roy Roberts’s blood, which indicated that Roy had a blood alcohol content of .258 with a combination of alcohol and Tramadol, a painkiller, in the results, the affidavit states.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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