Despite pleas from the victim’s family, the judge in Arizona accepted a plea bargain Tuesday of second degree murder for a woman who shot a daughter to death following a rear end collision, reports AZ Family.
Holly Davis will receive a mandatory 25 year prison sentence for the 2016 murder of Arizona State University student Yue Jiang of China.
Police say Davis rear ended Jiang’s vehicle and then shot her to death.
The plea bargain comes after prosecutors had originally charged Davis with first degree murder. Jiang’s family came from China to attend the hearing.
“Please, our honorable judge, no less than first-degree murder and life imprisonment,” said Jiang’s cousin, Katherine Xu. “All we want to do is protect the whole society and fight for the justice for my cousin.”
Jiang’s father, Yiyong, looked Davis in the eye during yesterday’s hearing in Maricopa County.
“How inhumane you were to brutally murder my only daughter! You monster! Tell me why you murdered my daughter!”
Prosecutors vigorously defended the plea bargain.
“This resolution has been explained to the family of Ms. Jiang,” said county attorney’s office spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said to the Phoenix New Times. “Differences in criminal justice systems and cultural and language challenges are matters we continue to address as best we can and will not impede our commitment to doing all we can to help Ms. Jiang’s family as we head to sentencing in this case.”
Davis will not be eligible for early release meaning she will be in prison until her late 50’s. She will be formally sentenced on Friday.
On Monday, a vigil was held to honor Jiang.
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