TEMPE, Arizona. – The family of a Chinese student shot in a road rage incident in Arizona is pleading with a judge to reject an agreement to reduce the charges against the young girl’s killer.
The family of the 19-year-old Yue Jiang from China traveled to Arizona this week to seek a heavier penalty for Holly Davis, the woman charged with fatally shooting Jiang after a car accident.
“The plea agreement the county attorney’s office demeans my cousin lives and makes Davis’ meaningless life is more important than Yue’s, who would have graduated with honors to become a productive and reasonable citizen and an asset to her community, city, state and nation,” said Katherine Xu, the student’s cousin, during a memorial service and press conference on Monday.
The family is scheduled to speak before the judge in the case on Tuesday. Davis, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder will be sentenced on Friday.
Davis was charged with first-degree murder and other charges. But she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which comes with a maximum of 25 years in prison.
The family says Davis serve life in prison.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says that prosecutors have worked with Jiang’s family and take them in consideration, but it comes down to “practical reality of the facts and circumstances of each case.
“The loss of a loved one to violence is a tragic, let alone losing them in a foreign country. Couple that tragedy with the unfamiliarity of a foreign criminal justice system, and confusion and frustration is not unexpected,” spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said in the statement.
Jiang’s family says they are left out of the process and believe Davis must be tried on first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jiang was the city of Chongqing in the southwest of China. She was a second study business at ASU when she was killed on Jan. 16, 2016.
“My cousin, Yue was a kind, mature and responsible girl that her family very well. We were very proud of her, and we still are,” Xu said.