A Michigan woman yesterday received a sentence of 18 to 60 years in prison for causing a fatal car accident over a Facebook fight.
Torrie Emery was pleaded no contest to second degree murder of Alesha Abernathy, who was driving the car that Danielle Booth was riding in. Booth was the intended target.
Investigators said prior to the crash, Booth and Emery were fighting via Facebook messages about the affections of a man who is in prison. The hostile message exchange turned into real life violence when Emery spotted Booth in a car driven by Abernathy last July. She chased them at 90 miles-per-hour according to MyFoxDetroit.
She rammed Abernathy’s car, and Abernathy, in an attempt to flee, ran a red light where she was struck and later died. Emery’s three-year-old daughter was in the car at the time, and is currently in foster care. She was initially charged with child abuse, but that charge was dropped as part of her plea arrangement.
Boothe suffered ‘life-altering injuries,’ according to MyFoxDetroit. In court, Emery said to the victim’s family members, “I’m sorry I took somebody’s life, and I pray every day that you’ll ever forgive me.”
“No matter how this turned out, there was not going to be a happy ending,” her attorney Michael McCarthy told t he Detroit Free Press after the sentencing. “It was an unfortunate, tragic incident and she certainly did not intend it to turn out the way it did. She’s spent the last few months taking responsibility. She never intended to harm anybody.”
Is it fair to say that Facebook escalated the fight? Is there anything the social network ought to help people not get violent about things posted on the site?