I try to write informative and entertaining blogs with a good amount of information, healthy doses of snark and sarcasm, and a sprinkling of humor. I’m not sure I can write this one in my normal style, because all I feel is rage. Blind. Fucking. Rage.
This is 27 year old Jeremy Schmidt of East Providence, RI.
Last night, Mr. Shit… I mean Schmidt… decided to drive like he was in a real life version of Grand Theft Auto. Unfortunately this isn’t a video game and driving like an asshole in real life results in real life consequences. From WJAR 10:
“SEEKONK, Mass. (WJAR) — A man wanted in a hit-and-run crash in Seekonk that left a pedestrian dead was arrested early Friday morning, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
A spokesman for the district attorney said Jeremy Schmidt, 27, of East Providence, was arrested by Rhode Island State Police at about 4:30 a.m.”
How fast do you have to be driving to literally knock the shoes off of someone?
“Seekonk police said 37-year-old Antonieta Vargas was struck on Newman Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Vargas died at Rhode Island Hospital.
Prosecutors said she was walking with her 11-year-old son. A witness told NBC 10 News that he saw the boy run over to the victim, yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!””
Can you imagine not only losing your mom like that at the tender age of 11, but also witnessing it with your own eyes? I’ll admit that the room got a little dusty when I first read that bit of info.
“”It was pure chaos. I saw the car going — I screamed at the guy to stop. He just continued to keep going and I believe the lady that was behind him. I yelled at her and I believe she chased him down,” Dana Johnson said.
At about 11 p.m., investigators found what appeared to be the gray Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the crash off of Newman Avenue near Rumford Towers. The SUV had damage on the front passenger side.”
There’s no plausible deniability here. He knew that he had hit someone (how could you not??), a witness tried to stop him, and he just kept on going.
The first thing I do when I see a story like this is to do a little research. I check court records and social media. Let me tell you, I found a lot of reasons to dislike this prick. His Facebook is pretty locked down, but I found some of the usual things you’d expect.
Bathroom mirror selfies,
And photo ops with his crotch fruits.
Oh, and of course…
I can’t say for sure that this is a flat-brimmed Chicago Bulls hat but it’s close enough. Case fucking closed, we have a ratchet on our hands.
Jeremy is also very familiar with Rhode Island family court.
How many baby mamas does this dude have? I’m not saying he’s a frequent flyer, but I am saying that at this point he probably has his own coffee mug in the courthouse.
He also recently went before a judge in one of the cases to beg for his child support to be reduced.
Guys like this really piss me off. They have no problem using their kids as props in Facebook photos that make them look like a doting father, but make their children’s mother(s) jump through hoops to get them to take care of their responsibilities. I get that it isn’t 1955. I’m not saying that you need to try to work it out with the mother for the sake of the kid. What I am saying is that if you’re going to dance in the rain without an umbrella and that results in a raw dog trophy, then man the fuck up. Work three jobs. Sell a kidney on the black market. Become a male gigolo. Do whatever you have to do before a family court judge forces you to.
Here’s where things get really interesting.
In April of 2012, Schmidt was charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of the use of a firearm in a violent crime, and conspiracy to commit a felony. In what looks to be a plea deal, he pled guilty to the robbery and conspiracy charges, and the two firearms charges were dismissed. In October of that year, Jeremy was sentenced to a 15-year sentence on the robbery charge, with 18 months to serve and the remaining 13 and a half years suspended. He was also sentenced to 10 years on the conspiracy charge, with 18 months to serve concurrently, and 13 and 1/2 years of probation upon his release. If you look at the summary of events on the case, you’ll note that under both sentences there is a “violation of suspended sentence” on 4/27/2015. What could that be?
He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death resulting, DUI, and reckless driving. Remind me again what charges he’s facing from yesterday’s incident?
“He will be returned to Massachusetts to face charges of leaving the scene with death resulting, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lane violation.”
He really learned his lesson, huh?
Jeremy apparently agreed to another deal and plead no contest to the charges of leaving the scene and DUI, and the reckless driving charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 3 years in jail, retroactive to 2/28/15. However, shouldn’t the violation of his suspended sentence have put him back in jail for the remainder of his original 15-year sentence? Judging by the oldest public post on his Facebook, he served less than two years for this 2015 charge.
So yet again, we have a case of the criminal Justice system failing its most basic mandate to punish the people who commit crimes. I know people want to talk about the prison industrial complex and overcrowded prisons, but seriously? If this is the type of person who is repeatedly given sweet plea deals and gets let out of jail early, then what kind of assholes are still locked up? I shudder at the thought.
I believe in second chances. I truly do. When Jeremy Schmidt made a “mistake” (it’s hard to call armed robbery a mistake, but bear with me) in 2012, his second chance was the plea deal and suspended sentence. All he had to do was keep his nose clean and stay out of trouble for 15 years. Yes, that’s a long time, but most normal, productive human beings can avoid being arrested for the entirety of their lives, let alone a 15-year period. However Jeremy managed to screw up his second chance by leaving the scene of an accident in 2015. Luckily for him, he was given a third chance by a judge who didn’t reinstate his original sentence. Due to that decision, he was free to drive around last night and it resulted in a 37 year old woman losing her life and an 11 year old boy watching his mother die in the street.
I’m not a lawyer and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so I don’t know all the ins and outs of the judicial system. I don’t know if these charges in Massachusetts can cause his sentence in Rhode Island to be reinstated. I really hope that’s what happens, though. Locking him up until 2027 won’t bring this woman back, but it’s the punishment that Jeremy Schmidt deserves.
By the way…
Another suspended license. Fucking Rhode Island.