George Gossett appeared before Judge William Harris on the charges of being high on cocaine when he wrecked his truck in October of 1999, killing his six-year-old son, Lee. Gossett has until May 8 to decide whether or not to accept a plea bargain from the prosecution.
"We offered them a plea. And they've kind of offered something back. And then we'll decide May 8."
Amy Gardner is the ex-wife of George Gossett and mother of Lee Gossett. She has tried for six years to have George prosecuted for her son's death.
"It's not really about him serving jail time. I don't feel like jail is any type of recovery treatment. And that's why I feel I've been fair."
The plea offered to Gossett by special prosecutor Charles Orange would include five years probation with drug testing. That stipulation is included because George tested positive for cocaine in 1999 when the accident occurred, but those results were lost.
Gossett's attorney wants to have the felony conviction dropped from his record after five years. Gardner says she does not want to see that happen.
"I feel like the plea we gave him is more than fair. My son lost his life. His father, with the plea they have offered would get his back after five year. It's not fair. I'm not going to settle for that."
If Gossett accepts the plea he will have to admit responsibility for Lee's death, which he has never done. If he declines he will face a trial.
"It doesn't really matter what the courts decide. I know he's guilty. I've said if from day one, even before Lee was killed. I said he was using and he was going to end up killing my son, and that's what happened."
Gossett will be in Judge Harris's court again on May 8 for a supplemental pre-trial conference. The plea would be for wanton endangerment or reckless homicide. The manslaughter charge will be dropped if he accepts the plea bargain. If he does not accept the deal his trial will begin on May 30.
Both Gossett and Gardner have remarried and have young children. Gardner says that's why she wants the plea to include the drug testing, so his other children will not have the same fate as Lee did.