A Minnesota Christian couple, who lost their son and grandchildren in a car crash caused by a truck driver, forgave the driver and managed to persuade a Nebraska judge to give him only two years probation and 180 days in jail.
“I know how much God has forgiven me. How can I not forgive you?” Rick Pals, the father, told Tony Weekly, the driver, in court earlier in July during the latter’s sentencing.
“I am not in the position of authority to extend you mercy, Tony, however I can request mercy for you,” Pals added, as reported by KARE-TV.
In July 2016, Pals lost his son, Jamison, 29, daughter-in-law Kathryne, 29, and grandchildren Ezra, 3, Violet, 23 months, and Calvin, 2 months, when Weekly slammed into their car in a car accident, igniting a fire.
The family had been traveling from Minnesota to Colorado to train for a missionary trip to Japan.
Besides the family of five, a driver in another vehicle, 56-year-old Terry Sullivan, also died.
Pals said of the incident: “Everybody makes mistakes, and he didn’t start out that day planning on killing our children.”
Still, he added, “I struggle to find the words to describe the grief that gripped me.”
Gordy Engel, the father of Kathryne Pals, also asked the judge for mercy.
“We ask the court to give the maximum allowable grace,” the man said in court.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov