Family of young DUI victim ‘outraged’ over proposed plea deal for ex-Chiefs coach Britt Reid

Prosecutors in Missouri will search not more than 4 years in jail for ex-Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid as half of a plea deal regarding a 2021 DUI crash. The incident injured Reid and 5 others, together with then-5-year-old Ariel Young, who was left with important mind accidents.

Young’s household ripped the plea deal, stating they hope Reid receives the utmost seven years in jail.

“The 5 victims of this crime are outraged,” lawyer Tom Pardo stated in an announcement. “The prosecuting lawyer will not be searching for the utmost sentence allowed by regulation. The defendant is a previous offender whose actions prompted a 5-year-old to be in a coma and severely injured three others.”

Yet native attorneys say the deal is not out of line with such instances they usually anticipate the choose to take the prosecutor’s steered 4 yr sentence and whereas sentencing is not till Oct. 28, they anticipate the 4 years to carry.

“The individuals who write the regulation say seven years is the utmost, so that is about what you’d anticipate,” stated Chris Scott, a Kansas City protection lawyer and former prosecutor. “The prosecution is aware of information of the case that the general public doesn’t, so if prosecutors really feel that 4 years is truthful then I might say it’s truthful.

“The victims and their household will get to talk at sentencing however I’d be shocked if the court docket did not comply with the [recommendation],” Scott continued. “If the choose did not comply with these agreements then nothing would get finished. I’ve by no means seen a Jackson County, Missouri choose go towards it.”

Reid, 37, is the son of Chief head coach Andy Reid. He admitted he was legally drunk on the evening of Feb. 4, 2021 when he recklessly drove his Dodge Ram 84 miles per hour down an Interstate 435 on-ramp.

It was there he slammed into two vehicles parked within the breakdown lane. One automotive had engine hassle earlier than calling a relative to return supply help. Young was amongst two kids injured whereas sitting within the again seat of one of the hit automobiles.

Reid was working as Kansas City’s exterior linebackers coach the evening of the incident. The Chiefs had been making ready for that weekend’s Super Bowl towards Tampa Bay. He was hospitalized after the incident and didn’t coach within the staff’s loss to the Buccaneers. His contract was not renewed on the finish of the season.

The proximity of the incident to the Chiefs places of work and coaching services recommend Reid could have been ingesting on the job. The staff and Young’s household reached an settlement final yr to cowl all medical prices “for the remainder of her life.”

Ex-Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid is pursuing a plea deal in his DUI case that may preserve prosecutors from searching for greater than 4 years in jail. The household of the victim will not be completely happy about it. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Young spent over a month in a coma and later was fed with tubes however has made gradual progress since, together with having the ability to attend some education. Her challenges proceed, nonetheless, and the household has not been accepting of Reid’s willingness to plead responsible.

Last week, when Reid first launched an announcement that he would plead responsible and expressing how sorry he was in regards to the incident, Young’s mom, Felicia Miller, took to social media to sentence him.

“Shove your ‘Sorry’ up your ASS,” she wrote on Facebook.

Miller and different members of the family wore T-shirts that learn “Justice for Ariel” at Monday’s listening to on the plea deal. Reid might obtain as little as parole. The choose might additionally ignore the advice of the prosecutor and sentence him to longer. The household’s opinion could affect that call.

Part of the household’s anger is that Reid has had a lifetime of substance abuse points and prior run-ins with the regulation. In 2007, Britt Reid was sentenced to as much as 23 months in jail for a road-rage incident in Pennsylvania, the place his father previously coached the Philadelphia Eagles (he was paroled right into a remedy program).

Reid additionally pleaded responsible to DUI and drug prices in a separate incident that yr after he drove his car right into a purchasing cart in a car parking zone.

“I remorse what I did,” Reid stated on the listening to on Monday. “I made an enormous mistake. I apologize to the household. I did not imply to harm anybody.”

Reid’s employment with Kansas City was virtually fully attributable to nepotism. He lacked the résumé, not to mention the clear authorized background, for a coveted NFL assistant job. Reid has not stated the place he was ingesting previous to the crash, though he beforehand informed the police that he “left work” earlier than the incident. The crash scene is about half a mile from the Chiefs facility.

There are not any bars, eating places or residences between the constructing and the ramp, if Reid had taken a direct route there. As an assistant coach, Reid was additionally beneath the league’s then-strict COVID insurance policies, which might have prohibited him from strolling into any institution.

The staff initially stated it was “gathering info” in regards to the incident. NFL staff services have important surveillance — together with contained in the constructing, so on the time, the NFL might monitor and examine COVID-distancing violations.

Yet the staff has not launched any findings publicly.

The Chiefs didn’t instantly reply to a request for an announcement on Monday. Reid’s sentencing is ready for Oct. 28

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