Big O Tires

Home | Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Obituaries | Subscriber Services | Kingman Digital | Contact Us
Kingman Daily Miner | Kingman, Arizona

home : latest news : regional December 17, 2014


10/8/2012 6:01:00 AM
Driver in deadly trip to cemetery pleads guilty in Kingman court
Charges reduced to negligent homicide for Peach Springs man
Roland Cook
Roland Cook
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A Peach Springs man pleaded guilty to reduced charges of negligent homicide in the death of a friend abandoned at a cemetery last year.

Roland Cook, 50, was originally facing second-degree murder charges after he was deemed the most responsible of an intoxicated group of four who left a 39-year-old woman behind at a cemetery in 100-degree weather in June 2011.

The woman, Darlene Sinyella, suffered from diabetes, walked with a cane and was legally blind. A survey crew found her body June 28 at the cemetery for Hualapai tribal members near Truxton.

Mohave Superior Court Judge Steven Conn has complete control over Cook's punishment and can sentence him to either prison or probation. Under the terms of the plea deal, Cook can receive no less than five years probation and no more than 8½ years in prison.

Cook was the driver of the caravan of friends and admitted to investigators that the group downed half a bottle of vodka on the way to the cemetery after a morning of various alcohol runs.

Alicia Hunter, 32, Angelina Wilder, 46, and Brainard Walema, 43, all of Peach Springs, were charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult in the case.

Walema and Wilder entered into plea agreements for a guaranteed five years probation.

Hunter was the passenger in a car involved in a head-on collision on Route 66 September 17. The driver of the car was believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. Hunter suffered minor injuries. No one was killed in the crash.

KRMC (career choice)-46961
Related Stories:
• Driver who left woman to die in cemetery sentenced in Kingman
• Drink and I'm sending you to prison, Judge tells Peach Springs man
• Man accused of abuse OKs deal
• Four charged in wake of Peach Springs binge that led to woman's death


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Kingman man stabbed (3437 views)

•   Man allegedly stabbed driver, shoved him out of truck (3079 views)

•   Alleged DUI driver had BAC of 0.382 (1641 views)

•   For theft suspect, it was lights, camera - and handcuffs (1158 views)

•   Local senator will lead the toast to Arizona Beer Bill (811 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: probation... really?

can't wait to see what judge conn sentences this guy to. he's been known to give maximum sentences for charges of much less magnitude than negligent homicide. someone died. probation should be off the table, period, but it all just depends on the judges' mood...it appears that the other defendants in this case are still out doing the same thing that got them into this. lesson learned?

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: gabe vega

finally. rest in peace darlene. you are missed very much. i love you. gabe :-(

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: capt. nice

it is a good thing that the mohave court system is handling this and not the reservation court system.
if it were the reservation court system these people would have been slapped on the wrist and right back out there drinking and driving.


Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: kingman person

Based on Conn's sentencing record, this guy will get the lightest punishment allowed by law.



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Kingman, AZ
Click for weather forecast






Find it Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Find Kingman Jobs | Kingman Chamber | e-News | Contact Us | RSS | Site Map
Kids Little Smiles - Golden Valley Dentistry

© Copyright 2014 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Kingman Daily Miner is the information source for Kingman and surrounding area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Kingman Daily Miner Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, kdminer.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to email your questions, comments or suggestions. Kingman Daily Miner Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.


Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved