Seven years after she drove a car that dragged her boyfriend to his death over several miles of Canyon County roads, Verna Simons has been ordered to start a prison term of up to 10 years for the slaying.
At a court hearing Friday, 3rd District Judge Jim R. Doolittle denied a final motion for postconviction relief, revoked her appeal bond and ordered Simons taken to prison.Simons was charged with the death of J.D. Jameson on Jan. 26, 1984.
Investigation and court testimony said Simons and Jameson were drinking on that night, argued and she went outside to drive off in her car.
Jameson's arm was caught in the passenger window of Simons' car. The woman testified at trial that because she was intoxicated, she did not know he was snagged and drove the car several miles, causing fatal injuries to Jameson before she was stopped by officers.
She originally was charged with second-degree murder but later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter under a plea-bargain agreement with Canyon County authorities.
Then-district judge Roger Williams sentenced her on Oct. 15, 1987, to up to 10 years in prison.
Simons has been free on bond since then. Three times the case has been to the Idaho Court of Appeals on various grounds, and each time the court has ruled against her.
Simons contended she has reformed and licked her drinking problems and drastically changed her lifestyle since the incident. Imposition of sentence was delayed by Doolittle for medical reasons several months ago.
Canyon County authorities recently filed a motion to revoke the appeal bond, since the time for all appeals has run out. Doolittle granted the motion Friday.