Driver in fatal hit-and-run sentenced

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An Antelope man was sentenced to 300 days in jail and five years probation in a hit-and-run case where a woman was killed on Interstate 80. Jeremy Sam Sarguis, 20, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of conspiracy and one count of leaving the scene of an accident in which a death occurred. He was sentenced Wednesday by Placer County Superior Court Judge Robert P. McElhany, who accepted the Probation Department’s recommendation to grant probation. Sarguis struck and killed 47-year-old Vickie Janell Scott of Grass Valley as she walked on Interstate 80 near Atlantic Street at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 4. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office requested a three-year sentence in state prison, alleging that Sarguis fled the scene after striking Scott, despite pleas from one of his passengers to return to the scene. Sarguis also attempted to clean the evidence from the accident from the vehicle. After being persuaded to turn themselves in to law enforcement, Sarguis and others fabricated a story about how the accident occurred, according to a Placer District Attorney’s press release. Prosecutor Jeff Wilson said Sarguis’ actions demonstrated “criminal sophistication in the execution of the crime, the destruction of evidence and the obstruction of justice.” In addition to the probation and jail sentence, Sarguis was ordered to pay $8,804 in restitution and to submit to search and seizure from law enforcement. He is also to abstain from using or possessing intoxicants and he cannot frequent places where alcohol is the chief item of sale. ~ Staff report