Andy Reid’s son Britt, who was one of the team’s assistants, was given a plea deal in his DWI case, and now that the details of the agreement are coming out, the victims’ family isn’t happy.
This stems from a September 2021 accident where he seriously injured a 5-year-old, Ariel Young, and five others. Ariel was left with severe brain injuries after the accident and seriously injured 3 of the five others.
Fast forward almost a year later, prosecutors in Missouri have offered a plea deal where Britt would spend no more than four years in prison, as reported by Yahoo.
This angered Ariel’s family because they hoped he would receive the maximum 7-year sentence, which is a very light sentence for something that could have been avoided. The other families weren’t happy either.
“The five victims of this crime are outraged,” attorney Tom Pardo said in a statement. “The prosecuting attorney is not seeking the maximum sentence allowable by law. The defendant is a prior offender whose actions caused a 5-year-old to be in a coma and seriously injured three others.”
That might seem light on the outside looking in, but according to Kansas City defense attorney and former prosecutor Chris Scott, the four years is pretty standard.
The people that write the law say seven years is the maximum, so this is about what you’d expect,” said Chris Scott, a Kansas City defense attorney and former prosecutor. “The prosecution knows facts of the case that the public doesn’t, so if prosecutors feel that four years is fair then I would say it is fair.
“The victims and their family will get to speak at sentencing but I’d be stunned if the court didn’t follow the [recommendation],” Scott continued. “If the judge didn’t follow those agreements then nothing would get done. I’ve never seen a Jackson County, Missouri judge go against it.”
It might be normal, but they need harsher laws because driving drunk, even more so when you have plenty of money for an Uber, makes absolutely no sense, and it should always come with the max if you injure someone.
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