White teen who killed 3 could serve less time in jail than Jussie Smollett

Zoe Reardon. (Image source: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

A Georgia woman reportedly will not serve a day in jail after killing three people, including a child.

Zoe Reardon, 18, killed Kaitlin Hunt, her 3-month-old daughter, Riley, and her family friend, Kathy Deming, 61, according to WSB.

After a plea deal, Reardon, who was 17 at the time of the crime, will only serve 36 months of probation and could regain her driver’s license in a year.

In September 2017, Hunt, Deming and the child were crossing the street in downtown Woodstock, Georgia, when Reardon reportedly hit them while driving.

Investigators determined she was not speeding and that neither drugs nor alcohol was present in her system. However, prosecutors alleged that Reardon was “engaged in an act which distracted her from the safe operation of the vehicle.” She reportedly sent a text message at 8:12 p.m. and the accident occurred at 8:15.

Reardon argued that she could not see the pedestrians while driving. Judge Alan Jordan had extreme mercy on the teen and decided against sentencing her to prison.

Reardon actually could serve less time than actor Jussie Smollett. The embattled “Empire” star faces 64 years in person after being indicted on 16 felony charges related to hate attack he allegedly planned. Smollett’s alleged crime did not lead to death, but he could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted.

The weak sentence given to Reardon caused an uproar on social media.

 

A.R. Shaw
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