TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A young driver was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Thursday for a street race accident that killed a 24-year-old mother and her 1-year-old daughter on Bayshore Boulevard in 2018.
A judge handed down the sentence to 21-year-old Cameron Herrin on Thursday night after witnesses, including family members, friends, a former circle court and a forensic psychiatrist, testified during the day in his hearing. Herrin pleaded guilty in December to vehicle killings and illegal racing on a highway.
Herrin faced up to 30 years in prison for hitting and killing Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her daughter, Lillia. Prosecutors recommended that he earn half of this time.
Authorities said Herrin was driving along the Bayshore more than 1
Family members of Jessica and Lillia asked the judge to hold Herrin accountable.
“There can be no learning if there is no just punishment,” said Jessica’s mother Pamela Reisinger.
“I think you have shown a lack of responsibility. I think you have shown zero remorse, ”said Jessica’s husband David Raubenolt. “The maximum sentence is appropriate for the horrific nature of the crime and the death of two beautiful innocent girls.”
The crash triggered shouts from the community and led to changes on Bayshore Boulevard, including more stoplights and a lower speed limit.
Herrin’s defense attorney asked a judge Thursday to consider his client’s age and called witnesses to talk about Herrin’s character.
“I’m sure he will spend the rest of his days doing good and a kind of atonement for the horror that has been lost,” Keith Aeshbach, Herrin’s former teacher, told the judge.
The Lord’s mother asked the judge for mercy.
“The last three years have been the hardest I have ever been through and the hardest our family has ever been through. We are very sorry and very sorry for what happened, ”said Cheryl Herrin. “We give our two deepest sympathies to the two families. We hope you can find room in your hearts to forgive. ”
Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren released a statement following the verdict:
“This crime took two beautiful lives and left four families broken. No verdict can repair that damage or bring back the lost lives, but we hope this result provides some comfort and closure for Jessica and Lillia’s families. ”
John Barrineau, the second driver involved in the crash, pleaded guilty to his role and was sentenced to six years in prison. Barrineau was 17 when the crash occurred.
Herrin’s lawyers hope a $ 6 million civil settlement with the victim’s family and Barrineau’s six years in prison will affect their client’s fate.