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Mother of Victim Speaks After Man Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

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By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- It was an emotional day in court Wednesday as Joshua Molinar plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide. Back in May 2012, Molinar was behind the wheel on FM 2020 when he pulled out in front of an SUV.

His car was hit and the four teenage passengers inside were killed. Dara Moore, mother of Danielle Moore, who was one of the teens in the car, spoke to NewsWest 9 about what an emotional roller coaster this has all been.

"For the last 20 months, there has been no remorse and I guess for the healing process we really needed to hear that, you know, Yes sir, I am guilty," Moore said.

Molinar was sentenced to five years of probation, 60 days behind bars and he'll also be wearing an ankle bracelet that can detect alcohol consumption.

But after everything, Moore says she has found forgiveness.

"I forgive you but only for Danielle, not for myself not for him but for Danielle because what she would have wanted me to do that," Moore said.

The other teens in the car were Arianna Navarrette, Russell Raymond and Whitney Dixon. Everyone was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the accident.

Moore said she hopes this helps her find closure but realizes nothing is going to bring her daughter back.

"It was a bittersweet day. Of course, no punishment they're going to give him is going to replace our kids," Moore said.

District Attorney, Bobby Bland, helped get Molinar indicted but credits Moore with getting the ball rolling on the case. 

"Dara specifically came to me less than a year ago and said nobody is doing anything on this case can you help us. I hunted down the case and made the officer bring the case to my office so it could be reviewed," Bland said.

While Molinar will only be behind bars for two months, Bland said everyone was okay with the outcome.

"I sat with the families after we indicted the case and we went over all the possibilities and this is the agreement we came up with. All of the families were in agreement with this over," Bland said.
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