NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Jayona Brown, the teenage driver who pleaded guilty to charges in the death of Metro Nashville Police Officer John Anderson, has been sentenced to six years in prison and six years of probation.
Brown was sentenced to a total of twelve years for all four counts: six years for count 1 - vehicular homicide; four years for count 2 - aggravated assault; and two years for count 3: evading arrest by motor vehicle with risk of injury. Count 4 - driving on a suspended license - will be served concurrently.
After Brown's six years in incarceration, she'll be placed on probation with the conditions that she participates in and completes the Day Reporting Center program, serve in jail from noon July 3 to noon July 5 of each of the first three years following her release, pay restitution for out-of-pocket funeral and burial costs and complete 100 hours of community service.
Brown's sentencing was delayed for more than a week. She took the stand during a sentencing hearing on August 27 to explain why she made the decision to plead guilty to the charges against her.
"I'm taking responsibility for my actions. I knew it was wrong and I just don't want to blame anyone else for it," she said.
Anderson was killed in an early-morning fiery crash on July 4, 2019. Investigators said Brown was fleeing from police for a possible traffic stop, sped through an intersection with flashing red lights and crashed into Anderson's patrol cruiser. She was 17 years old at the time.
Brown pleaded guilty to all charges, including vehicular homicide, in July. Earlier this year a juvenile court judge ruled she would be charged as an adult.