UPDATE: Mother Convicted of Homicide For Jaywalking Death Of Her Son Will Not Receive Jail Time
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Here is an update in the case of Raquel Nelson, per Today:
Raquel Nelson will not be going to jail—at least not anytime soon.
The single mother from Marietta, Ga., who potentially faced more prison time for jaywalking than the man convicted for the hit-and-run accident that killed her 4-year-old son, was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 12 months probation in Cobb County State Court, but then also given the option of a new trial in an unusual decision.
Whether Nelson will accept the option of the new trial was not immediately clear. Her attorney, David Savoy, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will confer with her about the decision but that she “wants to proceed” with a new trial at this time. However, Nelson herself told Patch.com that she is unsure whether she will seek the new trial, saying, “I’m just taking [it] one day at a time.”
Several witnesses spoke on Nelson’s behalf at the sentencing, and numerous supportive emails were presented. Her situation also galvanized the online community: A petition posted on change.org asking that she not receive any jail time received more than 140,000 signatures in 48 hours.
The original story can be found on the next page.
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