TAMPA — A state appeals court has upheld Cameron Herrin’s 24-year prison sentence for his role in the 2018 traffic crash on Bayshore Boulevard that killed a mother and her young daughter.
After hearing oral arguments in the case earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the trial court’s sentencing decision. The court did not issue a written opinion.
“It’s obviously very disappointing, but calls like this are always a steep climb,” Herrin’s attorney John Fitzgibbons said. “We are currently evaluating the options available to us.”
Herrin’s appeal raised the question of whether Circuit Judge Christopher Nash abused his discretion in sentencing. The appeal noted the difference between Herrin’s sentence and that of the other teenage driver involved, John Barrineau, who brokered a deal for a six-year sentence.
The accident happened on May 23, 2018, along the iconic boulevard.
Witnesses said the couple appeared to be running as they sped north on Bayshore — Barrineau in a Nissan Altima, Herrin in a Ford Mustang he received as a gift for his recent high school graduation.
Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, who was visiting relatives in Tampa from Ohio, was out for a walk that morning, pushing her 21-month-old daughter, Lillia, in a stroller. She moved to cross the roadway near Knights Avenue. At the same time, the cars approached. She and her daughter were struck by the Mustang and killed.
Herrin and Barrineau both pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges. Herrin chose to let a judge decide his sentence. State guidelines suggested a minimum sentence of 18 years. The maximum was 30. His lawyer argued there were reasons to impose a lower sentence than the guidelines suggested.
After a day-long sentencing hearing last spring that included moving testimony from family members of the victims, Nash imposed 24 years — nine for the mother, 15 for the child.