Ellie Nesler is an American woman who is known for shooting and killing, Daniel Driver, the man who molested her son. Nesler's case inspired the movie "Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story." The fact-based movie premiered on USA Network in 1999 starring Christine Lahti. The real Ellie Nesler has since passed away.
"Judgment Day" follows the story of Ellie Nesler, a loving mother who finds out that her son has been molested by a camp counselor at the church. The movie features a moving scene where Ellie suddenly snaps inside the courtroom and kills her child's molester.
The true story happened in 1993. That's when police say that Ellie Nesler became so enraged that she shot Daniel Mark Driver aka Daniel Driver five times inside the courtroom. A coroner's report confirmed that Driver died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Nesler was sentenced to 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The case gained national attention and was the subject of several documentaries. Nesler appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1995, where she told the audience that she was sorry for killing the man but felt there was no other choice.
Daniel Driver, a dishwasher at a church camp, had a history of molesting young boys.
Today, Ellie Nesler is deceased. She died in 2008 from breast cancer, according to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives.