TAMPA — One of two young drivers who caused a collision that killed a mother and daughter on Bayshore Boulevard has agreed to go to prison, while the other will seek a judge’s mercy.
John Alexander Barrineau, who had yet to turn 18 when the 2018 crash occurred, pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in causing it. Now 20, he will serve six years in prison as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Barrineau wasn’t the driver who struck the pair. But police and prosecutors accused him of racing a Nissan Altima against the driver who did.
Cameron Coyle Herrin, then 18, was driving a new Ford Mustang GT, a graduation present, the morning of May 23, 2018, when he plowed into Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, who was pushing her 21-month-old daughter, Lillia, in a stroller across the iconic Tampa roadway. Data that investigators obtained from the Mustang’s on-board navigation system indicated it was moving at 102 mph moments before the collision, according to prosecutors.
Herrin, now 21, also pleaded guilty Thursday, but left it up to a judge to decide his sentence. A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 18. He will remain free on bail until then.
Herrin will be able to present testimony from family members, friends and others who can speak about his character as he seeks mercy.
A judge will also likely hear from the Reisinger and Raubenolt families about how the crime impacted their lives.
Bob Reisinger, Jessica’s father and Lillia’s grandfather, watched Thursday’s hearing. When asked if he wanted to speak, he said only that he believed the plea arrangement was appropriate and that there would be more to say at Herrin’s sentencing.
“We plan to be there,” he said.
Herrin, appearing in court for the first time since his arrest, sat a few feet away from his attorney, John Fitzgibbons. A wall of law books provided their backdrop for the hour-long hearing, which was conducted via Zoom video conference.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nash asked a long series of questions of both defendants to ensure that they understood the consequences of their guilty pleas.
Herrin, seated straight-backed in a dark suit and tie, hands resting in his lap, gave the same calm reply to each: “yes, your honor.”
Asked a standard question about whether he was under the influence of medication, his attorney told the judge Herrin had taken medication for anxiety and to help with sleep. Asked about his educational background, Herrin said he has completed two years of college.
State sentencing guidelines for each young man suggested 18 years in prison. Herrin faces a maximum of 30 years.
Part of Barrineau’s plea agreement included a 15-year probation term to follow his release from prison. He also will have to complete 200 hours of community service, with 100 hours to include speaking to youth about the dangers of reckless driving.
Barrineau is required to turn himself in to the Hillsborough County jail by 5 p.m. Monday.