An undocumented immigrant did not have a driver’s license when he c… into a car with a family inside, taking the lives of a woman’s husband and children. The grieving mom was forced to take matters into her own hands after the court d… his f…. Was justice served?
Margarito Quintero-Rosales was in the country i…. and not licensed to drive when he fell asleep behind the wheel of a van and crossed the center line of a Texas highway, ultimately s…. another vehicle. That car, which Quintero-Rosales hit head-on, was being driven by Collin County volunteer firefighter Captain Peter Hacking. Also inside were the firefighter’s four-year-old daughter Ellie and his 22-month-old son Grayson. All three l… their lives.
Peter Hacking’s widow, Courtney Hacking, lost two children and her husband that t… day, leaving the grieving mother to raise four remaining children alone. And, she believes it was completely preventable, especially since Quintero-Rosales was previously deported in 2008, according to CBS. “This is something that in my opinion was a….,” Courtney said. “That man took half of my heart that day that I will never get back.”
Our justice system compounded Courtney’s pain exponentially. Quintero-Rosales was a… at the scene and held in j… until his conviction. A Collin County grand jury indicted him on three counts of manslaughter, which holds a penalty range of two to 20 years in state p… for each count in Texas. But, court records show Quintero-Rosales s… a deal with prosecutors from Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis’ office.
After pleading guilty to a lesser offense of c… negligent homicide, Quintero-Rosales was sentenced to a paltry two years behind bars with credit for time served for the 537 days he spent in j… before his conviction. This means his j… time would be complete in less than 200 days — or roughly 6 and 1/2 months, according to basic math. This didn’t sit well with the woman who will mourn the loss of her husband and two children for the rest of her life.
The frustration over the sentence, which she calls “a slap on the wrist,” has led her to take matters into her own hands. “People think his c… and his punishment seem to fit because he was an i… immigrant,” Courtney explained. “But to me, being i…l in the country was a c…. on its own, so I don’t understand how he did get only two years.”
Courtney Hacking has been working with federal lawmakers, on a mission to bring about harsher punishments for i…. immigrants who break the law because she sees being in the country illegally as an ag…. factor in the c…. committed.