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Georgia Mom Whose 4-Year-Old Son Died When They Jaywalked ESCAPES JAIL! Is That Fair?

Tue, July 26, 2011 2:06pm EDT by 1 Comment

Little A.J. Newman was hit by a car and killed instantly when his mom took a shortcut home across a busy four-lane road.

Raquel Nelson faced a possible three years behind bars for causing the death of her son A.J. — more jail time than the driver who hit him. But instead of a jail sentence, she has been ordered to carry out 40 hours of community service and placed on probation for a year. The judge then offered a whole new trial! Does that sound fair?

Raquel was convicted of homicide by vehicle, jaywalking and reckless endangerment after the tragedy, which took place in April 2010. She feared she’d be given the maximum three-year sentence in court on July 26 and appeared on the The Today Show on July 25 to beg the judge for compassion.

Now she has the chance to clear her name completely, if she accepts the new trial.

Raquel told anchor Ann Curry on Monday how she was hurrying with her three kids when the accident happened so they could “get home so we wouldn’t have to be in the dark.”

The group were struck by driver Jerry Guy, who then fled the scene. A.J. was killed; Nelson and her younger daughter suffered minor injuries, and her older daughter was not injured.

Police eventually caught up with Guy, who had a history of hit and runs. He was convicted and spent six months behind bars for his part in the tragedy.

What do you think is a fair punishment for Raquel, HollyMoms?

— Ian Garland

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