Mother Of Hit-Run Victim Fights Plea Deal

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The mother of a Waterbury teen who was killed in 2012 hit-and-run accident has gone to court in an attempt to get the driver resentenced.

Attorney Jeffrey Brownstein tells the Waterbury Republican-American his client, Tabitha Cornell, never signed off a plea agreement that resulted in a two-year sentence for 29-year-old Justin Skipwith in the death of Cornell’s daughter, Brianna Washington.

Brownstein says Cornell also never got the chance to speak at the sentencing.

Police say Skipworth struck and killed Washington in May, 2012 while fleeing from a knife fight in which he was stabbed seven times.

Brownstein has filed a motion asking Judge Roland Fasano to vacate Skipwith’s manslaughter sentence and re-sentence him after hearing from Cornell.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Monday.
Information from: Republican-American,
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