Florida mother's forgiveness spares daughter's killer from prison
A mother who lost her daughter in an accidental shooting on a school bus in 2012 has not only agreed to a more lenient sentence for the shooter, but has also shown incredible forgiveness.
He was charged as an adult for manslaughter and two weapons offenses - until a very forgiving plea deal was put in effect. WPTV says, "As part of the deal, he'll spend a year getting vocational training and then be under state supervision until he turns 21."
WTVJ notes that "he's going to have to go around to schools and talk to individual classes about guns and about what happens from kids playing with guns."
Howe will also have to serve a year in a juvenile facility. Lourdes' mom, Ady Guzman-DeJesus, agreed to this plea deal after meeting with Howe and the judge. Miami Herald reports that, "Her goal is to try, in the name of her daughter, to help make certain that children understand what gun laws are there for."
Guzman-DeJesus says if Lourdes were still here, she would tell her mother to forgive Howe, so that's exactly what she did.
"I'm just sorry for her loss and I apologize for doing what I did," Howe said.
When the judge asked if he had anything else to say, his response was to hug Guzman-DeJesus, WFOR reports.
When asked what that hug meant, Guzman-DeJesus replied simply, "I really do forgive him."
Although nothing will bring her daughter back, Guzman-DeJesus says she's found peace.