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Thomas to get prison diagnostic

By From page A1 | August 14, 2013

Brandi Thomas, the woman convicted of a devastating DUI crash in El Dorado Hills that severely injured two bicyclists in 2008, will undergo an evaluation that will determine if she should be sent to prison.

Thomas appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court last Wednesday, admitting to a probation violation. She faces seven years in state prison.

Thomas fled California after an August 2011 arrest on suspicion of burglary, forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime. She was found in Michigan earlier this year, where she was arrested and extradited to El Dorado County in May.

Judge Douglas C. Phimister noted the 2011 arrest in Placer County during Wednesday’s hearing, saying the incident could trigger the prison sentence that was stayed in 2009 after Thomas’ DUI conviction.

Attorney Adam Weiner noted his client had not been convicted of the crime.

Instead of reinstating her on probation, Phimister ordered Thomas to be delivered to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Chowchilla for a “90-day diagnostic study to determine if the sentence should be executed.” He noted it actually takes about 75 days to make a determination.

Deputy district attorney Michael Pizzuti noted that the Probation Department had recommended a seven-year sentence.

A hearing regarding the results will be held on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in Department 7. “We’ll see what the diagnostic study says,” Phimister said.

Cole Mayer

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