TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A young driver was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Thursday of a road racing crash that killed a 24-year-old mother and her 1-year-old daughter on Bayshore Boulevard. In 2018
The judge handed the verdict to 21-year-old Cameron Herrin on Thursday night after witnesses, including family members, friends, former Circuit Court Judge and forensic psychiatrist testified throughout the day at his trial, Herrin pleaded guilty. In December on charges of motor vehicle murder and illegal racing on highways.
Herrin faces up to 30 years in prison for beating and killing Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her daughter Lillia.Prosecutors suggested he served half at the time.
Authorities said Herrin was racing along Bayshore at more than 100 mph in a Mustang when he hitting his mother while she was pushing her child in a stroller, then 18-year-old Herrin.
Jessica and Lilia’s family members ask the judge to take Herrin’s responsibility.
“There is no lesson learned without punishment alone,” said Jessica’s mother, Pamela Reisinger.
“I think you show a lack of responsibility. I think you have shown zero remorse, ”said Jessica’s husband David Raubenolt.“ The ultimate sentence fits the horrific nature of the crime and the death of two innocent women. ”
The crash sparked a community outcry and led to changes on Bayshore Boulevard, including more stoplights and lower speed limits.
Herrin’s defense attorney asked the judge to reconsider the age of his client Thursday and called witnesses to discuss Herrin’s character.
“I am sure of this. He will spend the rest of his time trying to do good and make penance for the horror that turns into a loss of life,” Herrin’s former teacher Keith Aeshbach told the judge.
Herrin’s mother asked the judge for mercy.
“The last three years have been the toughest I’ve ever been through and the hardest our family has ever gone through. We repent and are very sorry for what happened, ”said Cheryl Herrin.“ We offer our deepest sympathy to both families. We hope you will find room in your heart to forgive. ”
Hillsborough County attorney Andrew Warren released a statement after the hearing:
“This crime took two beautiful lives and divided four families. No sentence can repair the damage or bring back the life that was lost. But we hope that this result will provide comfort and closeness to Jessica and Lilia’s family. ”
John Barrineau, the other driver involved in the crash, pleaded guilty to his role and was sentenced to six years.Barrineau was 17 when the accident occurred.
Herrin’s lawyers hope a $ 6 million settlement against the victim’s family and Barrineau’s six-year sentence will affect the plight of the client.