NYC mother-of-three who slammed into group of BLM protesters refuses to take plea deal

Woman sent 50 flying across Third Ave when they attacked her car during 2020 riots

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A New York City mother-of-three who plowed her BMW into a group of BLM protesters in 2020 has yet again refused a plea deal in favor of a jury trial.

Kathleen Casillo, 54, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday nearly two years after she was accused of driving into pedestrians during the protest at the Manhattan intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue on December 11, 2020.

Casillo could face seven years in prison after turning down the deal which involved six hours of community service and a one-year license suspension.

Casillo and her attorney told the court that they did not have an interest in the plea deal and would opt for a jury trial. They turned down the same plea deal a year ago.

The Howard Beach, Queens, mom has previously claimed the demonstrators had come up to her car and called her ‘a white privilege b**ch’ before banging on the vehicle. 

She said she then panicked and hit the gas when they tried to open the doors of her vehicle, which led to nine activists being injured.

In an exclusive interview with the last year, the mother said she feared for her daughter’s life as a group of protesters started attacking her car and decided to hit the gas, eventually plowing into a group of activists in 2020.  

Casillo was issued no more than a desk appearance ticket for the incident and was released only hours after her arrest. Her 29-year-old daughter was also in the car at the time, but was not charged. Casillo was later charged with reckless assault.

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