Monday it was a courtroom full of emotions as the mother of two year old Gavyn Barnett begged for her son’s justice after he was killed in a hit and run back in June. “I am asking begging pleading please give my boy justice, said Angela Barnett, Gavyn’s mother.
Tears of remorse fell from Kimberly Munoz’s face as she heard Barnett speak of how she will never see her baby's face again. It was on June 10, 2013 at 9:45 P.M. Munoz hit the toddler as his mother was pushing him in a stroller across 56th west and 4005 south outside a crosswalk in West Valley City. Monday attorneys from both sides and the judge agreed to release Munoz to pretrial services.
“The death of this little boy was an accident. It was nothing Ms. Munoz or anybody else in her position would have been able to prevent. That boy was in a place where he should not have been, where nobody could have seen him at that time,” said a state prosecutor in the case.
However, Gavin's mother disagrees, calling Munoz inhumane after leaving the scene and living her life for nearly 6 months before an ex-boyfriend turned her in. “I believe 36 months probation doesn't even come close to justice for what she has done to me and my family,” said Barnett.
Munoz is still facing sentencing and will be under strict guidelines including a 7 P.M. curfew, surrendering her license and attending therapy.
"Nobody will ever be fully satisfied, but at a minimum life moves on that's all I can say but again we do feel this is a very very tragic situation,” said Bel- Ami de Montreux, Munoz's defense attorney.
Munoz’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 24, 2014.