'His Punishment Should Be Deportation': Mother of Man Killed by Illegal Immigrant Objects to Sentence
The family of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is calling for justice after the illegal immigrant who pleaded guilty in the crime received a sentence that makes him eligible for release in just 14 months.
Jamar Rashaun Beach, 27, was riding his motorcycle home from work in Raleigh, North Carolina, last September when he collided with a van that failed to yield the right-of-way.
Beach was killed on impact, and the van's driver, Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona, 26, fled the scene instead of alerting law enforcement.
Cruz-Carmona, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, pleaded guilty last week to felony hit-and-run causing serious death injury or death, after prosecutors said they could not prove that he caused the accident or was driving while impaired.
The judge imposed the maximum sentence of 20 to 33 months in prison. With credit for time served, Cruz-Carmona could be eligible for release in just 14 months.
On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Beach's mother, Cameo Robinson, said the sentence is too lenient.
"Yes, it was an accident. However, Mr. Cruz-Carmona, he never stopped. He decapitated my son and then kept going with his body lodged in the side of the van," Robinson said. "For me, that's not an accident. That's a choice at that point."
She said that Cruz-Carmona's punishment should be deportation, because "he doesn’t deserve the opportunity to live in the land of the free."
Watch the emotional "Fox & Friends" interview above.