A Texas woman is on a mission to make sure that illegal immigrants face up to their crimes after a man, who is an illegal immigrant, killed her family.
Courtney Hacking is on a mission to change the rules surrounding criminal activity committed by illegal immigrants after her husband Peter Hacking, and her two children, 4-year-old Ellie Bryant, and 22-month-old Grayson Hacking died when a vehicle struck them on their route to Wylie, Texas.
The person who struck them was Margarito Quintero Rosales, an illegal immigrant who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while driving without a license. Rosales drifted over the median and he crashed into their vehicle head-on.
Quintero was also arrested after the crash for having no driver’s license. He was sentenced on September 29. The sentence was the maximum under state law, the station reported.
Quintero has been jailed since the accident. He will complete the sentence in about another 110 days. He is serving that sentence as he serves a two-year federal sentence for reentering the U.S. illegally after being deported. Court records show he was charged with that crime after the accident and sentenced last month.
In what Hacking called an “offensive” judgment, Rosales was sentenced to the maximum punishment for criminally negligent homicide. In a plea deal, Rosales received only two years in prison. With 537 days subtracted for time served, he went to prison for a paltry measure of time.
“Today for me is offensive to our family. There’s no justice in what you’re getting today,” she said to Rosales in court.
Hacking is moving forward after the minimal sentence for the horrible crime, and she is focusing on what she wants to see changed with immigration law. While the state wouldn’t have been able to prove that Rosales intended to kill Hacking’s husband and children because it was a vehicle accident, she believes that a harsher punishment should be implemented regarding the immigration being the “aggravating factor,” in deadly crimes. She is currently working with federal lawmakers and if she gets her way, there will be an increased punishment for guilty offenders.
“On behalf of my husband and my children, I can’t let this go,” said Hacking, who admits that she gets very angry when she thinks about it.