A motorist whose car rear-ended another vehicle as she reached for her cell phone, setting off a chain-reaction crash that killed a 14-month-old boy, was given a maximum four-year sentence Tuesday by an Anoka County judge.
Jessica Howe sobbed uncontrollably when Judge Alan Pendleton handed down the sentence. Pendleton said that he found the sentencing very difficult but that when he weighed the options of either a shorter or a probationary sentence, he couldn't find a reason to validate something other than the maximum.
Before the sentencing, the parents of Grayson Jett gave emotional statements to the judge. Both parents said that at various times since the March 2010 accident in Columbia Heights they didn't feel they could go on with their lives.
Howe apologized several times to the family and said she thinks about Grayson's death every day.
The accident occurred at 11 a.m. on March 18, 2010, on southbound Central Avenue at 50th Avenue NE., inflicting head injuries to Grayson Jett The child was properly strapped into a car seat.
Howe's parents and other friends and relatives were also in the courtroom Tuesday and they expressed shock over the sentence
Crime - the media loves it, people fear it, and criminals get away with it!
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