Donna Crites: Probation for Mom Who Gave 200 Jell-O Shots to Teens

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Donna Crites: Jello shots for the kids.
Mom of the year candidate Donna Crites, of the town of Hutto just north of Austin, was sentenced to three years probation on Thursday after pleading guilty last month to five counts of providing alcohol to a minor. One of those minors later crashed her car and seriously injured four youths.

The 45-year-old must also go to jail for a week, publish two ads discouraging parental participation in underage drinking in area newspapers, and tape a public service announcement for a law enforcement agency. She must also spend the night in jail on the anniversary of the wreck for the next three years.

Last July, Crites allegedly helped provide over 200 Jell-O shots to her son, who was older than 18 and younger than 21, and at least four of his friends, two of whom were 17.

Later that night, Joshua Ervin Cullender, then 19 and described as a friend of Crites's son, got behind the wheel of Crites's Audi with four youths aboard and as many as 40 Jell-O shots, many made with Everclear, in his bloodstream. The results were horrible for all involved and very nearly fatal to one of the kids.

Crites herself was wise enough to steer clear of those leg-buckling 190-proof concoctions. As quoted in the Round Rock Leader, the affidavit stated that "Donna [Crites] left the residence to purchase another distilled spirit because she wanted to have Jell-O shots with the minors but did not want to use what Michael had just recently purchased."

Attaway to lead by example, mom! ("Michael" is 46-year-old Michael Shope, who pleaded guilty to other charges in this case last year. He served three months in jail.)

At 3:18 a.m, Cullender wrapped the Audi around a telephone pole. Three of the five occupants were ejected from the car. According to the Austin American-Statesman, three suffered brain damage. KVUE has reported that one young woman suffered the collapse of both her lungs and had her jaw broken in three places. A young man bit his tongue in half.

Twenty-year-old Derick Castro almost died. The Round Rock Leader picks up the tale:

Reese said her grandson lost his eyesight because of the car accident, and also suffered other serious injuries.

According to a written statement filed by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Travis Stenberg, who responded to the accident scene: "Mr. Castro suffered massive head trauma and a broken leg. Mr. Castro was on life support for approximately four weeks."

"They told us he was going to be in a vegetative state because his brains was scrambled like eggs," Reese told the Leader. "But that's not what happened and we thank God every day."

As for Cullender, he is doing seven years in prison for drinking what his buddy's mom and her friend helped put in front of him.

Crites has denied making the Jell-O shots and contradicts what was in the arrest report about partaking with the kids.

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Brooklynns REAL DAD!
Brooklynns REAL DAD!

Or,, since you had already let me have her for nearly two years from the time she was 18 months until she was almost four,,,, on all those weekends Johnny was gone hunting or fishing when you were telling me you were seperated and getting a divorce, (all BS)or when you wanted to go out bar hopping!Yea i was just fine then huh!!??Until i wanted you to sign the paternity papersand tell everyone the truth thst Brooklynn was actually mine! Oh but then came the embezzelment charges against you from Cody pools (Johnny's Parents) and you had to suck back up to Johnny to once again Keep your but out of jail..! Geeez Donna it just never ends with you..So then here i am and there you are... Hmmm what to do?? Oh i know, Go back to Johnny so maybe his parents won't convict you and lie, lie, lie, about Brooklynn you and I, tell everyone you were raped (hardly, maybe the other way around!) and delay my paternity case in court for 5 years until she didnt even know me anymore and the worthless judge in the case who is personal friends with your Attny ruled in favor of your purgerd sole.Ive never seen a person swear on the Bible to tell the truth in court LIE SO, SO EASILY! Wow! Funny, court didnt believe that rape crap either huh or i guess id be in jail, especially in Williamson county!I hope it was worth it Donna.. Your life has been so good ever since huh.You could step up and do the right thing and tell Brooklynn she has a father who has loved her, aches for her and will always want her.She could know me and her sister and family now! She still has a grandmother alive at 103 thst she should have the oportunity to know and meet before its too late. It 9/16/11.Step up Donna.. Do whats right for a change!

JD SharpBrooklynns Dad.


Hey Donna,,Yes its Brooklynns Father here! Remember???The guy you accused of Rape so you wouldn't have to admit you were cheating on your husband !!! Yes im the blonde one who's daughter you stole!! Clocks ticking Donna and soon she will know her Real Dad is still alive and never gave up wanting her, or did ANY of the lies you put out there to save your own worthless hide. Karma Donna,,, Karma!Ill be wherever she is on her 18th Birthday!!She will finally learn the truth!

My warmest regards,JD Sharp


I grew up way out in the country in Markham, TX. My friends and I drank underage at my parents house all the time. But we NEVER left the house and got behind the wheel of a car. These days you just cant have that kind of fun and get away with it. Drinking comes with resposibility....and the kids these days just do not have it.a We did!


MY mother would have NEVER done that! For shame. MY mom would have done all 200 and staggered out of the bedroom naked.

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