Today Dallas bikers have been waiting for an announcement that a just sentence be handed down, rather than the ‘slap on the wrist’ conviction that many times happens when automobile drivers kill bikers. Their friend and brother Richard “Hat Trick” Schroeder was killed December 12th while participating in a Christmas Toy Run for Abused Children.
A hearing to determine the sentence of 39 year old, legally blind, Trena Mitchell began at 8:30 AM today. Yesterday afternoon, a jury took less than an hour to deliberate which resulted in a guilty verdict of manslaughter.
Ms. Mitchell, who was driving without a driver’s license (she has never had a license as she is legally blind) failed to yield right of way to a motorcycle in December, killing its rider, 45 year old Schroeder.
Sometime before 10:00 AM this morning, Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court ordered Ms. Mitchell’s aunt, Doris Burkley, out of the McLennan County Courthouse because the aunt made allegations that her family was treated unfairly because they are black.
Ms. Burkley appeared on twice on TV newscasts, claiming racial bias. Ms. Burklye gave an interview once June 18th in an interview with Eli Ross and Micah Williams at KWTX and then again yesterday with Megan Fleetwood, also from KWTX after the guilty verdict was announced but before sentence was handed down.
The jury was composed of 11 whites and 1 Hispanic and made up of four men and eight women. However, Ms. Burkley was already getting her race card on the table long before the Jury was chosen.
Shortly after 2:30 PM today, the predominately female Jury decided Trena Mitchell will serve 12 years in prison. She will be eligible for parole in three years. Mitchell sobbed as the punishment was read.
Now another question that is being raised is “Will Ms. Mitchell continue to draw SSI checks while she’s a guest of Texas Department of Corrections?” One source who works with TDC says no. However, if you can answer this question for sure, please leave the answer in a comment below.
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