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February 19, 2007 - 10:39 am

Have you a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17212960/”seen this case about a woman /awho in a fit of road rage threw a cup of McDonald’s ice into another car and was sentenced to emtwo years /emin prison?br /br /blockquoteNo 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.”br /br /Hall, a mother of three young children whose husband is serving his third tour in Iraq, has spent more than a month in jail.br /br /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.br /br /”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?”/blockquotebr /br /Two years in prison seems excessive for throwing ice; I have seen offenders get less time for actually doing serious damage to people with their stupidity. Was McMissile mom’s act of road rage reasonable? Of course not, but neither was a jury’s decision to put her in jail for two years. What do you think?br /br /Update: “The 25-year-old military wife a href=”http://www.wmal.com/listingsEntry.asp?ID=486372PT=NEWS”convicted of throwing a cup of ice/a into a car that cut her off on Interstate 95 in Virginia has been sentenced to probation. br /br /Jessica Hall of Jacksonville, North Carolina has been in jail for more than a month since her bond was revoked by a Stafford County judge. A jury had recommended that Hall serve two years in prison, but the judge noted Wednesday that Hall has no criminal record and placed her on probation for the felony conviction.” Thanks to Bender for the information.

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