The woman who hit and killed three kids at a bus stop in Fulton County back in 2018 could be released from jail as early as this year.
Alyssa Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison when she was convicted of hitting and killing the three kids, Alivia Stahl and twin boys Mason and Xzavier Ingle, while they were getting on the bus to school along a busy state road three years ago.
The sentence included time already served by the time she was convicted. Now, the Department of Corrections has informed prosecutors of the case that Shepherd could be released as soon as December of this year. Her original release date was set for September 22, 2022.
“We were notified about 10 days ago that she had received a DOC time cut, for taking a class called Plus-Faith 2.0,” said Fulton County prosecutor Mike Marrs.
The class is essentially a bible study course that upon completing inmates can get time shaved off of their sentence. In Shepherd’s case, she got several months shaved off for completing the course. She could also get an additional 60-90 days cut from her sentence under a “community transition” program.
Marrs said the program is recommending that she be released early under the program because she has complied with the requirements of the program.
“We just don’t feel like it’s justice,” Marrs said. “It just further erodes the justice system. Every day she is in jail is helpful to the family because they have to live in constant torment and emotional pain.”
Brittany Ingle, the mother of the children killed, is outraged that Shepherd is being recommended for early release.
“To the woman who killed my children. If you think, Alyssa, these children were beneath you, you’re wrong,” Ingle said at a rally outside the Fulton County courthouse on Thursday. “You cannot buy you’re way out of hell no matter what good deeds you choose to do for your own selfish reasons.”
Marrs believes that Shepherd could have gotten more time in prison upon her original sentencing, but that her age, lack of a criminal record, and her being a mother played a factor in her getting just four years. If all the aforementioned criteria are taken into account, she could be released after having served just over two years.