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The Carthage Press
  • Man on parole for girl's death arrested for DWI

  • The man who was sentenced in 2008 to serve seven years in prison for the death of a Carthage teenager in 2006 was arrested on Sunday for driving while intoxicated by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.
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  • The man who was sentenced in 2008 to serve seven years in prison for the death of a Carthage teenager in 2006 was arrested on Sunday for driving while intoxicated by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.
    Jarub Baird, 28, Carthage, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and charged on Monday with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
    County officials said Baird was released from the Jasper County Jail in Carthage on $1,000 bond on Monday.
    The Missouri Division of Probation and Parole said Baird was released on parole in 2013 after serving a little less than five years of a seven-year sentence in the December 2006 death of Hannah Smallwood, then 16, in a vehicle crash on County Road 120.
    Baird was sentenced by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane to four years for second-degree involuntary manslaughter and three years for second degree assault, with the sentences to run consecutively.
    He was found guilty of those charges by a jury in Stone County.
    Prosecutors in 2008 said Baird, then 18, was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on an icy road when his car ran off the road and overturned, killing Smallwood and injuring two other teenagers.
    David Owen, a spokesperson for the Missouri Division of Probation and Parole, said Baird was taken into custody on Aug. 27, 2008 and released on parole on April 23, 2013.
    Owen said he didn't know if staying away from alcohol was one of the conditions for Baird's parole, but it will be up to county officials to decide if the misdemeanor DWI arrest has any affect on his parole.
    According to online court records, Baird was ticketed on July 2 for exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 26 miles per hour, and is slated to be arraigned in court for that ticket on Aug. 5.
    He was also ticketed for failing to signal for a left turn in April.

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