NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The mother of the teen driver charged in the hit-and-run death of 4-year-old Ariel Russo was escorted out of court Wednesday after making an outburst in which she begged for mercy for her son.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, the emotional scene came after the judge increased bail for Franklin Reyes, 18, and set a trial date, postponing, at the very least, a plea deal that would have reduced his maximum prison sentence to four years and eventually expunged the conviction from his record.
“He’s innocent. He’s a kid,” said the mother, Lilia Reyes.
“Have mercy. He was only 17. Have mercy on him please.”