Gosserand receives three years behind bars
POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:04pm
NEW ROADS, LA (NBC 33) — "I don't think justice was served today," says Debra Cushionberry.
Debra Cushionberry's only child 23-year old Terri Parker was killed when a drunk driver slammed into her car back on Christmas Eve 2009. That motorist, Victoria Gosserand, found out on Tuesday she'll spend the next three years behind bars because of it. Cushionberry believes that sentence just isn't strong enough.
"Victoria's momma can see her. They can go on with their life. I can't see mine. It's over. It's finished. It's done," says Cushionberry.
Both Debra and her husband though agreed to the sentence. That's according to court documents. If the case had gone to trial Gosserand was facing up to 35 years behind bars for vehicular homicide and first-degree vehicular negligence. These are charges Gosserand apologized for in court on Tuesday.
"To say you're sorry two years later. Why didn't you say sorry the day it happened? So, you can keep your apology," says Cushionberry.
But that apology can't bring back four year old Cameron Cook's mom.
"What can you say to her son? His momma gone. Can't see her no more. All you have is pictures and memories. That's all you have," states Cushionberry.
Memories that are the toughest to handle around the holidays.
"Mother's Day and Christmas, Those are the two worst holidays," says Cushionberry.