The two teen girls who allegedly caused the death of 66-year-old Uber driver Mohammad Anwar have reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will allow them to avoid prison time altogether, while ensuring they won’t be held past 21 years of age, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blaze reported:
Under District law, the 13-year-old girl cannot be prosecuted as an adult, but the 15-year-old girl could be prosecuted as an adult under certain circumstances. However, the Washington Post reported that during court proceedings last week, the prosecutor, Bonnie Lindemann, gave no indication that she would do so.
The girls had been charged with felony murder and armed carjacking, but during their initial court appearance both pleaded "not involved" — the juvenile equivalent to a plea of "not guilty." Their identities have been withheld by law enforcement and media outlets due to their age.
The girls allegedly attempted to carjack Anwar and tased the man while he was hanging on to the driver’s side door as the girls tried to drive off. Reportedly, the vehicle lost control while making a turn and ended up crashing to the point the vehicle was resting on the driver’s side with Anwar presumably underneath it.
Onlookers either helped the girls out of the car or stopped them from escaping the scene.
In a video of the incident posted to Twitter, one of the girls could be heard yelling about her phone, which she left in the vehicle.
Acting Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III said shortly after the incident that putting the girls in jail “does not bring back the lost loved one in this case.”
Maybe not, but it does show that authorities in Washington D.C. actually want to hold people accountable for their actions instead of just letting them go with a slap on the wrist for allegedly directly contributing to said “lost loved one.” If there’s little to no repercussions for such an action, then what is the deterrent that would prevent someone from doing this again…and again…and again?