NH woman sentenced to 30 days in jail after breaking probation
CONCORD — The woman who admitted to texting while driving during a 2014 that killed a retired middle school teacher will spend 30 days in jail after violating her probation by using drugs and excessive use of alcohol.
Jordan Heath, 25, of Concord tested positive for several opioids on April 26 and admitted to her probation officer she had used heroin a few days prior, according to court documents.
A judge sentenced Heath in October to one year in jail, all suspended, on conditions of good behavior. As part of a plea deal, Heath admitted to blowing a red light at a busy intersection on June 30, 2014, because she was distracted by a Facebook message on her cellphone. This resulted in a collision with motorcyclist and retired teacher Michael Phelps and his ultimate death.
According to an original report by the Concord Monitor, authorities had initially charged Heath with negligent homicide, a felony. However, her May 2016 trial ended in a hung jury, which led prosecutors to consider a plea deal with her as an alternative to a re-trial. The case against Heath was reopened this spring after the state’s probation and parole office filed the violation of probation charge.
During her probation, Heath admitted to frequent alcohol use, up to eight beers a night, but lied to her probation officer when asked if she used opioids according to court documents. When confronted with a positive drug test, Heath then admitted to the drug use.
As a result of violating her probation, Heath was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Merrimack County Superior Court. She will have to report to the county jail on August 4, 2017.