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Teacher's case delayed

A teacher at Sequoia Elementary School saw her case in a Bakersfield Superior Court postponed for the third time last week.

Candie Springer is now scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, June 6, on a felony count of child cruelty and a misdemeanor count of allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

Last year, Springer allowed her then-15-year-old son to take her car for what she thought would be a quick trip to the market.

Jace Springer instead picked up friends, sped on city streets and led police on a chase that ended with the car crashing into a tree. A passenger died.

Jace Springer accepted a plea agreement in juvenile court last year and was ordered to complete 200 hours in a juvenile work program and follow probation terms. The plea resulted in convictions on charges including vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

--Jamie Stewart


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