A Michigan judge threw the mother of a drunk driver in jail after she laughed at the victim’s families, Fox 6 reports.
Donna Kosal was laughing during the trial of her daughter Amanda Kosal. Kosal was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison for killing 31-year-old Jerome Zirker and critically injuring his fiancee, 31-year-old Brittany Johnson.
Apparently someone else was laughing too, going by Judge Qiana Denise Lillard’s comments:
“Whoever can sit here at a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member … in the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking, that clown — and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown — was sitting there smiling and laughing,” Lillard said.
“And you can go, too,” the judge told Donna Kosal. “Because if you don’t know how to act, you can go to jail. So leave.”
Donna Kosal walked out of the courtroom, but was ordered back in by Lillard:
“Your disruptive and disrespectful behavior disrupted today’s proceedings and you, ma’am, are going to the Wayne County Jail for 93 days,” Lillard said.
Lillard also seemed to understand what the Kosals are going through:
“I understand you all are very upset because your loved one is going to prison – but guess what? She’s going to prison for the choices that she made. These people are here grieving, saddened because a senseless act took away their loved one, and you’re sitting here acting like it’s a joke? Not in Courtroom 502. Not today and not any other day.”
The judge later let Donna Kosal out of jail a day later after she apologized for her actions.