When 18-year-old Franklin Reyes Jr. was offered a three-to-nine year prison deal if he pleaded guilty to the top manslaughter charge at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday for the killing of a four-year-old girl and fleeing from police, while driving his parents’ SUV without a license, his mother lashed out at the judge for treating him “unfairly”.
Reyes’ mother, Lilia Reyes, who was present at the courtroom, reportedly screamed at the judge:
It’s not fair! There is not justice in this country! He was only 17!
The hysterical mother was then dragged from the courtroom by police officers, in front of the parents of victim, Ariel Russo. Lilia Reyes has now been barred from attending future hearings by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro who has previous been on the receiving end of verbal attacks from Mrs. Reyes.
Reyes now has 45 days to accept the deal. Justice Carro said that he could no longer treat Reyes as a youthful offender, because he had already been arrested twice on felony charges since killing four-year-old Ariel Russo in June 2013. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Lilia Reyes screamed at a judge on Wednesday who sentenced her son Franklin to up to nine years in prison. The teenage boy killed a four-year-old girl in 2013 while fleeing from police.
2. Franklin Reyes Jr., 18, pictured on Wednesday, was offered the three-to-nine year prison deal on Wednesday after running over and killing a four-year-old girl in June 2013 in Manhattan.
Sofia Russo, the mother of the victim, spoke outside court to The New York Post, alongside her husband Alan. She said:
That really upset me that she would say there’s no justice, that it’s not fair. Who knows better than us that it’s not fair? Our child is dead and hers is alive.
Authorities said that Reyes was fleeing police officers who were trying to stop him from driving erratically while on a joyride with his parents’ SUV.
The then-17-year-old Reyes fled, jumped a curb and hit a building, pinning Ariel and seriously injuring her grandmother. In August of last year, he was charged with another driving-related crime, after he injured a police officer while fleeing from a traffic stop.
After making an illegal turn, Reyes was pulled over by a police officer but sped off, dragging the officer along for about a block, injuring his wrist and elbow.
Police said that Reyes was arrested after he left the car in a parking garage and hid in an office building. He was then held without bail following his arraignment on assault and other charges.
Reyes was accused of taking jewelry, cash and wine from a dead woman’s apartment in July. His attorney said that Reyes denies taking anything and that he was helping his father, the building superintendent, fix a plumbing leak. Reyes’ father was charged with similar crimes.
3. Ariel Russo, aged four, died after she was pinned to a wall by an SUV being driven by a teenage boy without a license.
4. Ariel Russo’s parents, Sofia and Alan Russo, (pictured in September) were in court today to watch the outburst from the mother of the teenager who ran over their little girl.
And here is a video of a street being named after the four-year-old crash victim:
Source: The New York Post.
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