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Hit-and-run motorcyclist released from jail, gets probation

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A hit-and-run motorcyclist who pleaded guilty to striking a 4-year-old boy on the day of his birthday party and fleeing the scene was sentenced to time served and five years of probation on Monday.

Ernest Jonas plead guilty to operating his motorcycle recklessly and fleeing from the May crash that left Tyrell Baymon with a fractured skull and a serious brain injury. He will be released on "time served with good behavior" after spending less than three months behind bars.

The Baymon family told FOX 9 News they were disgusted by what they called a "light" sentence.

"It's stupid," said Maria Scroggins, Baymon's mother. "It's stupid to me. They need to change the law."

Scroggins was fuming as she left the courtroom on Monday afternoon.

"It's a joke. They don't know what I've been through with my baby, dealing with him," she said. "They don't know what my family has been through."

On May 19, Scroggins was holding her son's hand outside her family's St. Paul home as the family readied themselves for Tyrell Baymon's birthday. They were on their way to his party when Jonas came tearing through the neighborhood, struck the boy an sent him flying through the air.

"I still go through shock every day. I close my eye, I see the impact of what happened," Andre Scroggins, the victim's uncle, told FOX 9 News. "It was a tragedy."

Witnesses told FOX 9 News that Jonas had been popping wheelies before the crash and frequently drove recklessly in the area despite having no license and several traffic-related offenses.

Jonas pled guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular operation, but since he had no previous criminal record, Minnesota sentencing guidelines called for no prison time. Though prosecutors asked for a year in the Ramsey County jail, the judge opted for 120 days. Since he has been unable to post bail for the past two and a half months, the 25-year-old will be released thanks to credit for time served with good behavior.

Now, the victim's family is wondering if he will learn anything without a harsh punishment.

"You hit a kid," Marcia Scroggins said. "Do a couple of months in jail and you're out on probation. That sucks."

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi told FOX 9 News that this case where the negligent behavior involved could one day lead to a change in the law.

"We have these guidelines for a reason: To make sure people around the state of Minnesota are treated equally in the courtroom," he said.

Baymon's family certainly hopes it will one day.

"Get on the website. Call, call, call. Make the change," Marcia Scroggins urged.


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