Four Local Residents Get Jail Time for Accident Cover-Up

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Four Brazos Valley residents have pleaded guilty to covering up a friend's deadly motorcycle accident, so he wouldn't get a DWI.

Edwinn Michael Jones died in June 2005, a week after he was severely injured in a motorcycle crash.

Police said two of Jones' friends took him from the scene to his house, without getting help. Two more of the Bryan man's friends assisted with the cover-up.

All four of them were given jail time Wednesday.

Marshall Berry will spend 120 days in jail and the next five years on probation for one count of criminally negligent homicide. The Bryan man has also been ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, complete 250 hours of community service, and write a letter of apology to the victim's family.

Berry told police he was riding motorcycles with Jones and another friend, Lori Salango, on the night of the accident.

According to court documents, Berry said Jones lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Berry said he asked Jones if he wanted to call 911, and Jones said 'no.'

Berry and Salango later took Jones to his house and left him in his garage.

According to court documents, Berry later called two friends, Michael and Victoria Brammer. Michael picked up the motorcycle from the scene and hid it at Jones' house, while Victoria stayed with Jones.

The next day, police said Berry called for help. Court documents state Berry said he waited to call 911 because his friend was drunk, and he didn't want him to go to jail for a DWI.

Lori Salango also pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of criminally negligent homicide. The Hearne woman will spend six months in prison and the next five years on probation for her role in the cover-up.
Salango also received a $1,500 fine, 250 hours community service, and she must write a letter of apology to the victim's family.

Michael and Victoria Brammer each pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. The Bryan couple will each spend 15 days in jail and the next four years on probation.
They will each also pay a $1,000 fine, complete 150 hours community service, and write letters of apology to the victim's family.

According to court documents the four initially lied to police. Victoria Brammer claimed she found Jones in his garage laying in a pool of blood.

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