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James Halsell Jr, a five-time space traveler, has been sentenced to four years in jail and ten years on supervised release.
Former Astronaut Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter and was allegedly under the Influence of Alcohol
After killing two little sisters in a car accident nearly five years ago, the former NASA astronaut has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
James Halsell Jr, a former space shuttle commander, reportedly rammed a rental automobile into the back of another vehicle carrying 11-year-old Niomi Deona James and 13-year-old Jayla Latrick Parler, killing them both, he was supposedly under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.
Originally charged with reckless murder, the 64-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and two counts of assault.
Remnants of the Crash that killed the two girls
Outside court, family members of the two young girls, wearing shirts with photographs of Niomi and Jayla, expressed their disappointment with the result.
Halsell faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail for each manslaughter charge and ten years for each assault charge, but a judge consented to probation and sentenced him to four years in prison without the possibility of early release, followed by ten years of supervised release.
If he breaches his probation, he may face a 16-year sentence.
Latrice Parler, the girls’ mother, stated, “It wasn’t justice.” “My children were incredible, beautiful, clever, powerful little girls who could have been anything in the world if they had been given the chance to grow up, but that opportunity was stolen away from me and everyone else in the world.”