Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday secured bail of $500,000 against a man they say caused a crash that killed a woman and injured three other people.
Jefferson Potter, the man charged in the case, has a long criminal history — including seven felony convictions, prosecutors said.
Potter is charged with manslaughter in the death of Jennifer Siemens, 28, of Bellevue. Siemens died following a four-vehicle crash Friday at Saddle Creek Road and Leavenworth Street.
Potter, 29, is also charged with theft by unlawful taking and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He must post $50,000 to be released from jail.
He faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted of the three felonies.
He has numerous theft charges on his record, the first going back to when he was 18. In 2005, he was sentenced to a year in prison for theft. He was on parole when the crash happened.
Prosecutors allege that Potter stole a lawn service pickup truck that was parked near 33rd and Arbor Streets. Minutes later, the pickup was involved in the 11 a.m. crash at Saddle Creek and Leavenworth.
Siemens' longtime boyfriend, Ryan M. Ashburn, 28, was driving their car. Ashburn was released from a hospital Sunday. Siemens and Ashburn had planned to move into a new apartment the day after the crash.
“She was bright, intelligent, funny. She made a friend of pretty much everyone she met,'' Ruth Siemens, Jennifer's mother, said in an interview.
“Apparently, she touched a lot of people. She was everything you would want her to be.”
A benefit to raise money for Siemens' and Ashburn's medical expenses is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 24 at the Hideout, 320 S. 72nd St. There will be a raffle, silent auction and performances by several groups.