Woman charged in crash that killed UC football player asks for reduced 5-day sentence
Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
She was charged with running into and killing a UC football player who was riding his motorcycle to practice, but Sherry Martin was sentenced to just five days in jail.
According to reports, Chamoda Palmore,19, was riding his motorcycle along Vine Street near Forest Avenue back in September of 2014 when he was hit and killed by a woman trying to make a left turn.
The woman convicted in that accident, Sherry Martin, asked for leniency from the court on Friday.
In a motion filed in municipal court, Martin acknowledged that she has been found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and has been sentenced to 90 days in jail with 85 days suspended. Martin was given credit for one of those days so she only had four days left to serve.
On Monday, defense attorney Darin Barber told the court Martin has significant health issues including a heart condition and asked that the remaining four days be suspended.
However, Judge Richard Bernat ruled that Martin must serve out the rest of her sentence.
Palmore's father, Chamoda Palmore Sr told FOX19 NOW that he is pleased by the ruling.
“I believe she needed to do that time because she has to be responsible," said Palmore Sr. "This has impacted our lives, truly impacted our lives. It has impacted my employment, impacted my relationships."
Palmore's parents said no amount of punishment will bring their loved one back.
"It has impacted everything in my life and Chamoda was a good young man and it made me feel that he was just a throwaway,” he continued.
According to officials, Martin will be on probation for five years, her driving privileges have been suspended for two years and she must pay restitution to the victim's family for funeral expenses.