Evidently, Judge Annis didn’t see this young woman days, weeks and months after the wreck. I did. I saw her coming in and out of church with her mother seeking comfort and guidance.
Kristy is a stoic type – a caring and helpful person to all who come in contact with her. I have had several interactions with her and have always walked away thinking, “What a nice, responsible girl.” She and her family are upstanding citizens and caring people.
My friends and I came upon that wreck that night. It was in horrible conditions – downpours of rain, wind, lightning, etc. I can understand how Kristy ran through that stop sign! That intersection is very dark and has seen several wrecks in the past.
Judge Annis should know that just because a person does not explicitly show his or her remorse in the courtroom does not mean he or she is not being tortured inside. Judge Annis has ruined a young woman’s life by handing down such a harsh sentence. There are a lot of true despicable derelicts he could fill our prisons with, but Kristy Heath is not one of them.
Teresa N. Quarles