A 22-year-old Texas man who was convicted of running down and killing two highway workers in 2014 while drunk tried to use GoFundMe to pay his restitution.
Jan Michael Nieves Delgado was found guilty by an El Paso County jury on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter on May 27, 2016, in connection with the deaths of Jimmy Joe Broadstreet, 54, and James Green, 39, in 2014, the El Paso Times reported.
Jan Michael Nieves Delgado, 22, on the crowd funding account pleaded for donations toward the $10,000 in restitution he was ordered to pay to the victims’ families.
“Back in 2014 I made a big mistake while being enlisted in the Army, ended up being kicked out unfairly and even tho I got probation since I was involved in an accident, now I have to pay $10,000 in restitution to fix all damages,” Nieves wrote on the account created in June.
It continues, “It’s been really hard to pay that much back when you have probation and it becomes so hard to find a job and then when you find a job you don’t make enough. Please help me pay back and get some weight off my shoulders.”
The GoFundMe campaign page was created on June 18 and deleted Tuesday after family members of the victims discovered it and shared their outrage on social media. One of those family member’s was Broadstreet’s niece Krystina Thompson.
“I thought it was disgusting that he would try to make himself out to be a victim of circumstances HE created,” Thompson told Chron.com Wednesday morning over Facebook. “He should be grateful that his only penalty is monetary, instead of having to suffer the loss of a family member like my family and James Green’s family.”