Jacqueline Badger Mars, the billionaire co-owner of the Mars candy conglomerate, will not serve jail time despite a horrific accident she caused on Oct. 4. Mars pleaded guilty in Leesburg, VA. on Thursday, Dec. 5 on a reckless driving charge.
But Judge Deborah Welsh at Mars' hearing only suspended her license for six months and she paid a $2500 fine. The 74-year old regrets her actions and revealed she fell asleep at the wheel when the tragedy occurred. Mars met with the families of the injured and grieved before her trial and after the verdict.
The Loudoun Times reported this as part of an article written –
“We only have forgiveness in our heart for her,” said Sharon Acker, who was in the van and whose daughter miscarried her baby because of the accident. “We hope she, too, will find peace.”
According to a proffer of facts read at the 8:30 a.m. hearing, the crash occurred on Route 50 in Aldie, near Briar Patch Park. Mars was driving a 2004 Porsche SUV. She drifted into the left lane, hitting a minivan carrying six passengers head-on.
More on the story from NBC 4 Washington can be viewed below.
Alexis Murphy still missing
Alexis Murphy, 17, a resident of Nelson County near Charlottesville, VA., is still on the police radar since her disappearance on Aug. 3. Thus far in the investigation Murphy’s sweater and cell phone has been found. According to sources, she was going on a shopping trip in Lexington (located about 50 miles north of Roanoke) at the time she vanished. A volunteer search party gathered for her on Sunday, Dec. 1. The accused in Murphy’s abduction is Randy Allen Taylor, who denies the charges
Justin Faulconer of Roanoke.com and other media released the following today on the case –
A Nelson County judge has approved a prosecutor's motion for a gag order to keep law enforcement, lawyers and their employees from speaking about the case of a Lovingston man charged with abducting Alexis Murphy.
More on his article can be viewed below.
A nonprofit called “Save the Next Girl” was formed by Dan and Gill Harrington “to prevent crimes against young women by promoting personal safety.” The Harrington’s daughter, Morgan, also disappeared; her remains were found in January 2010.
The full story on this can be viewed below; the Harringtons are also concerned about Alexis Murphy’s whereabouts.