I saw this interview. This is a crazy situation. I cannot believe they went after her in this case and the potential penalty is great than that drunk who killed her son. I keep thinking there must be more to this story.
ETA: found this but it still doesn't explain why the DA would chose to go after her this way with 3 charges.
Convicted Mom: 'This Will Never End'
Marietta's Raquel Nelson takes her plea for mercy to the "Today" show a day before her sentencing in her son's death, caused by a hit-and-run driver.
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Add your photos & videos Tell Your Neighbors About Patch The Marietta mother convicted of vehicular homicide in her 4-year-old son’s jaywalking death says she isn’t focusing on the possibility that she will serve more jail time than the drunken driver who killed her boy.
“I’ve had to accept that he’s gotten six months,” Raquel Nelson said on this morning’s Today show on NBC. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”
Under a plea deal, Jerry Guy served six months of a five-year sentence for hit-and-run in the child’s death April 10, 2010. It was his third hit-and-run conviction.
A judge Tuesday could sentence Nelson, 30, to a year behind bars for each of the three misdemeanors a jury convicted her of this month: second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless conduct and crossing a roadway elsewhere than a crosswalk.
A prison term of three years is highly unlikely for misdemeanors, but regardless of the sentence, Nelson said, “this will never end for me.”
She said the worst part of any prison sentence would be the separation from her two daughters.
“I think my other two daughters are the reason I was able to survive the situation,” Nelson said.
Loretta Williams, an aunt of Nelson’s who appeared with her on Today, said she hopes the judge is compassionate enough to let Nelson stay with her surviving children.
The girls were with Nelson when son A.J. darted into Austell Road that April evening and was fatally struck by Guy’s car. Nelson and one of her daughters also were hit and slightly injured.
Nelson and the children were crossing from their bus stop to their apartment complex after a grocery-shopping trip. The nearest crosswalk was a little more than 500 yards away.
Today’s Ann Curry asked why the family crossed in the middle of Austell Road, and Nelson said that even if they had gone to the crosswalk, they would have been forced to cross a dark side street to get home.
Following a common thread in commentary on her plight, Nelson said she didn’t think the middle-class jury that convicted her represented her peers.
“I don’t think they could relate to what I was going through,” she said, because they didn’t use public transit and weren’t single mothers. “They’ve never really been in my shoes.”
Black GA Woman Raquel Nelson Faces More Jail Time than Jerry Guy, Drunk Driver Who Killed Her Son
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Janet Shan FROM DEMOCRACY NOW:
A grieving African-American mother in Georgia is facing the potential of more time in prison than the drunk driver who struck and killed her child and then fled the scene. Raquel Nelson lost her four-year-old son while trying to shuttle him across a five-lane highway, along with two of her other children. Jerry Guy — a partially-blind man who has admitted to having consumed alcohol and painkillers beforehand — hit the young boy with his vehicle. The child later died of his injuries. Nelson and her daughter were also struck and suffered injuries. An all-white jury has convicted Nelson of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, jaywalking and reckless conduct. She could serve up to three years in prison. Meanwhile, the drunk driver, Guy — who was previously convicted of two-hit-and-runs in one day in 1997 — was initially charged with hit and run, first degree homicide by a vehicle and cruelty to children. But the charges were later dropped to simply hit and run. Guy served a six-month jail term and will spend the remainder of his five-year sentence on probation.How many people actually get charged for jaywalking in this country? A jury can acquit Casey Anthony of child neglect, but yet another jury can find a woman who has lost her child at the hands of a drunk driver guilty for jaywalking. Amazing.
UPDATE: Raquel Nelson is asking the judge for leniency during her upcoming sentencing on Tuesday. She said she didn’t think that the jury that convicted her “could relate to what I was going through. All of the jurors stated they’ve never ridden public transportation, and they’ve never really been in my shoes, so I think there was maybe not a jury of peers.” Amen.
This is a story we covered when the incident first occurred last year and the mainstream media outlets didn't bother to pick it up, except the local media. This was unfair and just plain wrong. They can let a murderer like Casey Anthony go but they want to prosecute this woman to the fullest extent of the law and for what? Jaywalking? Give me a break.