Woman Guilty of Murder in Deaths of Troopers, Pedestrian

Jayana Webb sentenced to up to 60 years in prison
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2022 1:33 AM CDT
Updated Nov 23, 2023 1:20 PM CST
Woman Accused of Killing Troopers Bragged She Was 'Best Drunk Driver Ever'
Jayana Tanae Webb's mugshot   (Philadelphia Police Department)
UPDATE Nov 23, 2023 1:20 PM CST

A woman has been sentenced to decades in prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and then striking and killing two state troopers and a pedestrian on an interstate in Philadelphia last year. Jayana Webb, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts each of third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the early morning crash in March 2022, the AP reports. She was sentenced to 27.5 to 60 years in prison. Defense attorney Michael Walker told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Webb, who is pregnant, will be allowed to remain out of custody until she gives birth in February and will be allowed some time after that to bond with the child before she reports to prison.

Mar 23, 2022 1:33 AM CDT

Weeks before she allegedly struck and killed two Pennsylvania state troopers and a pedestrian while driving under the influence, Jayana Tanae Webb allegedly bragged on social media that she was the "best drunk driver ever." Fox News cites a tweet allegedly from the 21-year-old's Twitter account saying as much from Jan. 15, one of several posts referring to alcohol in recent weeks. The last tweet she posted before the tragedy, which took place in the wee hours of Monday morning, read that she was "f---ing Kelly drive up rn !!!!" in the early hours of Sunday morning. Kelly Drive is a well-known area in Philadelphia, the city where the troopers and the man they were trying to help were killed about 24 hours later.

Webb faces 18 criminal charges including three counts of third-degree murder, three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and two counts of second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer; she reportedly put her head down and sobbed as the charges were read Tuesday night. CBS Philadelphia reports she was driven to the jail where she is currently being held locked up in the handcuffs carried by the two troopers she is accused of killing. Bail was denied due to the seriousness of the allegations and the public safety considerations; Webb allegedly confessed while at the crash site to drinking earlier in the evening. Martin F. Mack III, 33, leaves behind a wife and two daughters; Branden T. Sisca, 29, leaves behind a wife and unborn child. (More Pennsylvania stories.)

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