JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman who spent a dozen years behind bars for a fatal Buckman Bridge crash could leave prison as early as this weekend, but prosecutors are trying to keep Sasha Pringle locked up.
After serving 12 years of a 15-year sentence in the 2010 crash that killed Luma Kajy, a mother of two, the Department of Corrections website shows Pringle is scheduled for release Saturday — but there’s a problem.
Pringle was originally convicted on two counts: DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash. She was due to serve 30 years, but a federal judge threw out the sentence on the second count, leaving her with a 15-year sentence, and was released early after the 12-year mark — and prosecutors stepped in.
Now they are working to try her again, charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said attorney Belkis Plata, who is not affiliated with the case. “It’s an interesting case because the state of Florida, you know, there was an appeal and the defendant won by getting one of the charges dropped, which would have kept her in prison for up to 30 years. So the state doesn’t up and they want her convicted on that count.”
Because prosecutors still want Pringle to serve more time and are pushing for her to be retried, the state attorney general’s office asked a judge to order her back to the Duval County jail, which was granted.
Plata suspects her lawyers will fight it and request their client post bond immediately so she can get out.
“She will be eligible for bail because she will have completed her sentence. At this point, the state is looking to try her on another count so she finishes the time she was supposed to serve,” Plata said.
And because they are two separate offenses, it does not fall under the definition of double punishment.
“While they happened around the same time, there has to be double jeopardy attached to it, and the state previously filed something for the court to waive a speedy trial on Count 2, which is leaving the scene of an accident when this is washed out,” Plata said.
Family members of Kajy said they had not yet decided whether to comment publicly.
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