Many people have been mortified by the case of Zoe Reardon. The 18-year-old killed three people with her car, including a three-month-old baby. But she was only sentenced to 36 months of probation and won’t see the inside of a prison for the deaths she caused.
In fact, there are many cases that mirror Reardon’s with white people who have killed human lives with no consequences.
In case you missed it, Reardon took a plea deal on Monday to avoid any jail time for possibly texting while driving her Jeep in Woodstock, Georgia, before she hit three people and killed them all in 2017.
“You’re pretty young,” Cherokee County State Court Judge Alan Jordan said to Reardon sympathetically. “You’ve got a lifetime ahead of you. I expect this is something you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.”
Reardon killed Kathy Deming, Kaitlin Hunt and Hunt’s 3-month-old daughter, Riley. They were walking to a concert at the Woodstock amphitheater.
“Riley died the night of the collision. Deming died 10 days later. Kaitlin Hunt was taken off life support a few days after the crash, surgeons having taken measures to follow her wishes as an organ donor,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Watch the heartbreaking video of the victims below:
Reardon’s defense? Reportedly, she claimed the family just “walked right in front” of the car. However, she sent a text message to her father just moments before the crash, which Reardon’s team argued did not distract her. Her attorney Manny Auroa even said, “Sometimes an accident is just an accident and you don’t need to try and force blame on somebody.”
Reardon, a first-time offender, is expected to get her license back after fulfilling the terms of her probation.
Reardon told the family, “I regret this is the first time you’ve ever heard from me. I’ve often wanted to reach out. I can’t imagine how much pain you’re experiencing. For all your heartbreak and loss, I am truly sorry.”
The family of the victims spoke out for the first time Monday. Mike Deming, Kathy Deming’s husband, stated, “It’s ridiculous to say they walked out in front of you. That didn’t happen, and you know it didn’t happen.” He also said, “Where is the accountability? We have to live with this for the rest of our lives. You don’t.”
Whites who kill with no consequences is a theme. See some of the shocking cases below.
1. George ZimmermanSource:Getty
On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman shot and killed Travon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The killer claimed self-defense and was acquitted of all charges in Florida v. George Zimmerman on July 13, 2013. He has since been in trouble with the law countless times.
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2. Ethan Couch
On June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas, Ethan Couch killed four people while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He was indicted on four counts of intoxication manslaughter for recklessly driving under the influence. His attorneys argued that the teen had “affluenza” and needed rehabilitation instead of prison. A judge sentenced him to ten years of probation in Dec. 13. By Dec. 2015, he vanished and when he was found — at a resort in Mexico with his mother — he was finally sent to jail two years, only for violating his probation. He is free to this day.
3. Isaac Turnbaugh
In 2002, Isaac Turnbaugh, of Randolph, Vermont, shot and killed 24-year-old Declan Lyons while working at the American Flatbread Co., a local pizza restaurant. In 2004, he was acquitted. However, shortly after he got away with murder he confessed to police that he was guilty. Nonetheless, authorities did not charge him because of the Fifth Amendment’s “double jeopardy” clause. We have a feeling if Turnbaugh would have been a different complexion, the court system would have found a way.
4. Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz
In 1982, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz attacked Vincent Chin at a Detroit McDonald’s because they claimed Japanese manufacturers were “stealing their jobs” — Chin was Chinese. He was beat to death with a baseball bat. Ebens and Nitz only received three years of probation and a $3,000 fine. In 2012, Ebens finally apologized. Disgusting.
5. Betty Shelby, Terence Crutcher’s Killer
Tulsa police offer Betty Shelby shot and killed unarmed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Reportedly, his hands were up as he stood near his vehicle on the street. A jury acquitted her of first-degree manslaughter in 2017 and just recently it was reported she will not face civil rights chargers. Last year, she was teaching a class on “surviving the aftermath of critical incidents.”
6. Timothy Loehmann, Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
In November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, Timothy Loehmann killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within seconds of approaching him. A Cleveland grand jury declined to even bring charges against Loehmann in December 2015. Reportedly, he is now trying to become a police officer again.
7. Darren Wilson, Michael Brown’s KillerSource:Getty
Darren Wilson killed unarmed Michael Brown, 18, on August 9, 2014. The killing contributed to the rise of Black Lives Matter. Brown was shot six times. A St. Louis County grand jury never even indicted Wilson.
8. Daniel Pantaleo, Eric Garner’s Killer
Daniel Pantaleo choked Eric Garner to death on camera on July 17, 2014. A jury declined to indict Pantaleo. A disciplinary trial was scheduled to begin in May to determine if he can still be a police officer.
9. J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, Emmett Till’s Murders
On August 28, 1955, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, kidnapped and lynched Emmett Till after Carolyn Byrant, who is still alive in Mississippi, accused the child of winking or whistling at her. The men were soon arrested but maintained their innocence. The two were acquitted of murder on September 28, 1955. On January 24, 1956, “Look” magazine published their confessions and they were reportedly paid $4,000. They never spent a day in jail for killing a child.
10. 15,000 White People In Waco, Texas
In 1916, 17-year-old Jesse Washington was convicted of murdering his employer’s wife in Waco, Texas. A trial lasted an hour, he was found guilty and released to the crowd. Listverse.com reports he was “beaten, stripped naked, stabbed, and dragged through town to the courthouse” and “locals cut off Washington’s fingers, toes, and genitals and children pulled teeth from his head.” 15,000 people attended, including the sheriff and mayor. Make America great again…