Silsbee woman pleads guilty to manslaughter after fatal texting and driving accident

It was a tragic first at the Jefferson County courthouse Monday when the county's first ever texting and driving manslaughter case went before a judge.

Rotashia Baird, 24, of Silsbee, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

Baird accepted responsibility for causing an accident that claimed the life of Johnny Langton, 36, of Warren.  Her sentencing will take place June 24.

Baird's attorney, Dustin Galmor, told 12News his client is extremely remorseful.

Police say Beard had been texting and driving on the Eastex Freeway in Beaumont on December 28, 2011, when she lost control of her Jeep.  It went airborne and landed on Langton's truck, killing him.

Langton was a husband and father of two.  He was taking the hour-long drive between his home in Warren and his job in Beaumont when the accident happened.

Baird is facing ten years probation, a $1,000 fine as part of the plea deal.  Assistant District Attorney Clint Woods is recommending she spend at least 180 days in jail.

Woods said Baird wrote Langton's family a letter of apology.



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