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  • Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

    Story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17212960/page/1/



    Driver gets felony conviction for tossing cup of ice into car


    By Theresa Vargas
    Updated: 2:14 a.m. PT Feb 18, 2007

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    WASHINGTON - To the locals, it's the "McMissile" case.

    And like the name, the details of it spill forth like a bad joke: A woman is driving north on Interstate 95. Three kids squirm in the back seat, and her sister, six months pregnant and having early contractions, sits in the front. The stress starts to simmer. Traffic slows, then crawls, then creeps. More stress. A car cuts in front of her, then scoots away. A short time later, it darts in again. She can no longer take it. She veers onto the shoulder and speeds up. Wham! She tosses a large McDonald's cup filled with ice into the other car.

    "From my side, I heard a whoomp," recalled the woman's sister, LaJeanna Porter, 27. "I was like, 'I know you didn't throw that cup.' She said, 'Yes I did.' "

    Neither woman foresaw the seemingly supersize repercussions of that misguided moment July 2.

    No one was injured, but the cup launcher, Jessica Hall, 25, of Jacksonville, N.C., was charged and convicted by a Stafford County jury of maliciously throwing a missile into an occupied vehicle, a felony in Virginia. The instructions given to the jury said that "any physical object can be considered a missile. A missile can be propelled by any force, including throwing."

    Hall, a mother of three young children whose husband is serving his third tour in Iraq, has spent more than a month in jail.

    The jury sentenced her to two years in prison, the minimum, and a judge will formally impose a sentence Wednesday. Under state law, the judge can only decrease the jury's sentence.

    "We didn't think it would go this far," Hall said in an interview at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. "Two years! What did I do?"

    There are two versions of what happened that day. The occupants of both cars agree on this: It was hot, the kind of hot in which legs stick to leather seats, and the traffic was barely moving, slowed by a fatal crash up the road in Prince William County.

    In one car, driver Pete Ballin, 36, and girlfriend Eliza Fowle, 28, were heading home to the District after visiting her father in North Carolina. They said they were maneuvering through the stalled traffic, not even noticing Hall until the Mickey-D moment.

    "I guess we inadvertently merged back in front of her," Fowle said. "She apparently took that as some sort of aggressive maneuver on our part."
    The next thing they knew, Fowle said, Hall was pulling up in the emergency lane and "chucking a big, supersized McDonald's cup at us." It flew diagonally across Ballin and onto Fowle. "It was gross and sticky and got all over me and the front of our car, the dashboard and the windshield," Fowle said.

    Hall, whose family was driving from North Carolina to New York for a family party, saw the situation differently. She said she had never driven that route and was trying to keep up with her father's truck when Ballin cut in front of her the second time, causing her to swerve onto the shoulder.

    She said she was worried because her sister's bulging belly almost slammed into the dashboard.

    Hall's next move was wrong, she said, but she felt provoked.

    "It was past me ignoring him. I'm not going to lie; I was cursing him," she said. "I took the McDonald's cup. I tossed it over my car."

    She never fathomed that it would land her in jail for the first time in her life, wearing a standard-issue jumpsuit frayed up both legs and learning to curl her hair using toilet paper. Not even when she saw Ballin talking to the state trooper up the highway, or when she was arrested and released on her own recognizance, or even when a trial date was set for Jan. 3.

    Even when Ballin testified, Hall said, "I'm thinking about what I'm going to cook when I get home."

    "I passed out when they said guilty, two years," she added. "I became a convicted felon."
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  • #2
    Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

    I'd be put to death for the stuff I did as a kid.
    Originally posted by Grumpee
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    • #3
      Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

      Craziness! :lol:

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      • #4
        Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

        that is just unbelievable.. people do less and get no jail time

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        • #5
          Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

          I guess you can't spit or anything, even if it's to the ground, that's a missle people.
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          • #6
            Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

            And sometimes people do more and get no jail time.

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            • #7
              Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

              2 years?! Isnt that too harsh? I'd say 6-12 months.

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              • #8
                Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                She has 3 kids, her sister is having a kid, and her husband is not around because he's defending our country. And they decide the best thing for her is jail? Wow
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                • #9
                  Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                  Thats recockulous!



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                  • #10
                    Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                    Wow! I think that punishment is rather severe. Plus the people that got the cup thrown at them said they were maneuvering through the traffic. I hate when people do that to me, swerving in and out of various lanes thinking it will get them somewhere faster (which it usually doesn't). Lord knows there have been times when I've been driving and wished I had something to throw at the other car ...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                      Ok...throwing the cup was dumb - but even she admits that....BUT 2 YEARS??? THat's dumb.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                        WHAT!?!?!

                        I mean, okay, it's a crime. Fine. Some community service, etc.

                        By reading that article, if she threw a cup of ice or an ACTUAL MISSLE she'd still be getting 2 years??? They should not have blanket laws like that.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                          Washington Post is reporting that the Judge sentenced her to probation instead. Good call on his part.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                            How'd she come up with the idea to toss her ice?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Mother of 3 gets 2 years in prison for throwing ice.

                              Originally posted by Motorboat Cruiser View Post
                              Washington Post is reporting that the Judge sentenced her to probation instead. Good call on his part.
                              Good, much better.

                              Originally posted by EagleWings View Post
                              How'd she come up with the idea to toss her ice?
                              Im guessing it was within arms reach and she was mad so she threw it.
                              "I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "Groucho Marx

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