A woman in Texas wants justice for her family, but sadly, will not get it. Courtney Hacking lost her husband and two children to the “selfish” decision of an illegal immigrant. In a moment the family was destroyed, but the person responsible was only sentenced a total of two years for killing three people. He had already been deported once before the terrible crime.
Hacking told reporters that when Mexican illegal alien Margarito Quintero Rosales pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, but was only given the maximum two year sentence for killing three people, she was confused and disgusted.
“I want our laws enforced,” Hacking said.
“People think his crime and his punishment seem to fit because he was an illegal,” she said, “But to me being illegal in the country was a crime on its own so I don’t understand how he did get only two years.”
She explained, “I take it offensively. I take it personally.”
Because Rosales has been in jail since the homicide, he will be released in about three months. Federal court documents show that he had already been deported once, but returned to Texas. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his van, and swerved into oncoming traffic, striking Peter Hacking’s vehicle.
Quintero was driving a Ford van on State Highway 78, shortly after 2 p.m. March 31, 2016.
Peter, age 36, and the couple’s children, four-year-old Ellie Bryant and 22-month-old Grayson Hacking were killed as a result of the actions of a man who was not even supposed to be here, driving on American roads.
Rosales was charged for driving without a license and for reentering the country. Those offenses netted him two years in prison too, but he was allowed to serve the sentences simultaneously. So essentially, for all his crimes, he was given “a slap on the wrist.”
That’s how Hacking describes it.
When Rosales appeared in court last Friday, he answered the judge’s questions with basic responses, no more than one word. He sat in sullen silence while the victim impact statements were read.
The deaths occurred just two days before the Hacking’s first wedding anniversary. Between the two, they had nine children, with Grayson being the couple’s first child together. Seven children lived with them in their Lavon area home.
Hacking was a volunteer fireman, and managed computer systems for A.H. Belo Corporation, which is the parent company for the Dallas Morning News. He was also a member of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and captain at the fire department where he volunteered. He was attending Texas A&M university-Commerce in order to fulfill the requirements for transferring his bachelor’s degree to an American equivalent.
Hacking explained that her legal immigrant husband was always trying to make things better for people. “The impact he made on this world will never be forgotten,” she said during the sentencing.
Ellie’s father called Rosales selfish and heartless, adding “I don’t forgive you.”
Hacking’s mother spoke saying that the incident turned the family’s life upside down. “You weren’t supposed to be here,” she said in a written statement read aloud in court to the illegal alien. “All of this heartbreak is because of you.”
She’s right. He wasn’t supposed to be there. He wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near these people, which makes the two year sentence particularly offensive.
“On that day I lost my husband, my baby boy, my princess, my life as I knew it and my future… And you were the one who took that away from me,” Hacking cried in court.
“You were in this country illegally for the second time. You were driving a car without a license coming from a job you were illegally paid to do,” she said. “Because of your selfishness, three beautiful people lost their lives.”
Hacking explained to reporters that her days were filled with caring for her remaining children. “They are my world. Without them I am not me,” she said.
Sadly, this family’s tragedy would never have happened if illegal immigration weren’t so acceptable to liberals and the previous administration hadn’t been so lax in enforcing federal law. For Hacking, all she has is the memory of her loved ones and the knowledge that the murderer who killed them was put in prison for a total 24 months. Who knows if he’ll be able to come over for a third time.