A Los Angeles judge attacked the “enormous indifference” and “unbelievable callousness” of George Weller, 89, in running down and killing 10 pedestrians in an open-air market. Judge Michael Johnson then put Weller on probation, finding that his age and poor health undercut any value to imprisonment. “Mr. Weller deserves to go to prison, but because of and only because of his rapidly declining health, I will place him on probation,” Johnson said.
Survivors of Weller’s victims wept in court. Some injured victims and family members of those killed expressed dissatisfaction with the sentencing and the trial. “It’s not closure for me,” said Lily Hoffman, whose 78-year-old father, Movsha, died in the crash. Her mother, Esther, now 77, who was at his side, was seriously injured. “I’m not satisfied at all.” Weller “was grossly negligent. This trial accomplished nothing.” Johnson said Weller “has never once expressed in court any remorse for his actions. I will never understand his stubborn and bullheaded refusal to accept responsibility to put this matter to rest for everyone, including himself.”