Nelson (Today Show)
A Marietta, Ga., mom who was convicted of jaywalking after her 4-year-old son was run over and killed in a hit-and-run said on the Today Show that the worst part of going to jail would be the separation from her two remaining kids.
Raquel Nelson was convicted of homicide by vehicle and reckless conduct by a jury and faces sentencing tomorrow. She can receive up to a three-year jail sentence, six times the stretch that Jerry Guy–who admitted to drinking before running over Nelson’s son, A.J.–served.
“I think to come after me so much harder than they did him is a slap in the face because this will never end for me,” she said. “It’s three years away from the two that I have left.”
Nelson also said that the jury had “never been in my shoes,” because each of them answered that they had never taken public transportation before. Nelson, who doesn’t have a car, was three-tenths of a mile away from the nearest crosswalk when her bus dropped her off at the stop across the street from her apartment with her three children. She decided to cross with her kids rather than remain outside any later at night, she said. (You can read more about her case here.)
“We are just hoping as a family that [the judge] is compassionate and lets my niece remain with her other children,” Nelson’s aunt Loretta Williams said. Nearly 75,000 have signed an online petition in support of Nelson.