40-year-old Jose R. Teneyuque Sr, who prosecutors say is responsible for his 19-year-old daughter’s death, was just jailed after months of living in relative freedom on a personal recognizance bond. He was sent to jail for violating bond conditions.
Teneyuque, whose blood alcohol count at the time of the accident was 0.30 (which is almost four times the legal limit in Michigan), was granted a conditional release bond which required that he be monitored three times a day via Soberlink – a remote alcohol monitoring device.
However, according to the court, Teneyuque has not met these conditions on a number of occasions in the last month. On one occasion he blew almost an hour too late into the device. On two other occasions he turned the device off too early. Saginaw County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes apparently warned Teneyuque at a prior hearing that if he violated the terms again she would put him in jail. And as it turns out, she is good to her word.
Teneyuque is charged with second degree murder, which is a felony under Michigan law and is punishable by up to life in prison. In addition, he is facing felony counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with an occupant under the age of 16 (second offense). And finally, a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or greater, in other words: driving super drunk.
These charges are the result of an accident that occurred on June 28, 2014 just after 11pm. Teneyuque was driving his 2000 Chevrolet SUV on Gratiot near South Colony when he lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled over and struck a utility pole. His daughter, 19-year-old Linda Teneyuque who was a passenger in the car and travelling without a seatbelt, died as a result of her injuries.
Teneyuque’s attorney, Alan Crawford, has filed a number of motions with regard to the charges, including a motion to suppress testimony given at the scene of the accident, a motion to have bond reinstated, and a motion to quash, which claims that Teneyuque should face only the drunk driving charges and not the murder charge, as there is no proof of malice in his actions.
It remains to be seen how this will play out in court. Trial is scheduled for January 27th in the Saginaw County Circuit Court before Judge Boes.