Jessica Williams Issues Statement

(March 30) -- Jessica Williams expressed remorse and regret in her statement given to the court before her sentencing on Friday.

Here is a transcript of Williams' statement to the court:

"Words are inadequate to express my remorse and sorrow for the six young people who were killed when I fell asleep while driving on March 19th of 2000. Since that day, there has never been a day that I do not recall the details of the accident. Since that day there has never been even one day that I've not thought about those young people who are not alive. And since that day, my life and the lives of countless others is forever changed.

"My only family suffers, as do the families of the victims, and I'm unable to express to my father, my mother, my sisters and my brothers the depth of my sorrow or the horror that I put them all through. Likewise, my sorrow has been pretty unspeakable for the families of the victims. I feel utterly helpless in the face of this tragedy to make any sort of true reparations. Our lives are forever changed and I am helpless.

"I am accountable for having driven the vehicle that struck them. And I am accountable for using marijuana, which is a prohibitive substance. But while I am wrong for having used marijuana and for experimenting with ecstasy, I would never have driven in an impaired state of mind. I will never again engage in actions such of that outside the boundaries of the law.

"The moral regard of the law has become clear and important to me. My intention for whatever future I may have are to improve my life educationally and vocationally for the welfare of all those I may encounter both within and without prison ..."

"I have always tried to be peace-loving, helpful good person. I no longer will have to spend the rest of my life to prove to the world that I do embody these qualities. I intend to show the honesty of my intentions and my words. Not only are my perseverance and dedication beyond the scrutiny of others, but more importantly for me, the scrutiny of my God. As long as his presence is with me, then I beg this court to provide me with the hope and the opportunity to have a future to some degree, however slight that may be. Thank you."


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