Palestinian stone-throwers jailed for 15 years over car crash that killed toddler

Adele Biton. Credit: Biton family.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Five Palestinian stone-throwers were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for their involvement in the death of 4-year-old Israeli girl Adele Biton in February 2015, two years after she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack on her family’s car.

The Palestinians—who were minors at the time of the attack—were convicted as part of a plea bargain approved by the Samaria Military Court. Each of the defendants was ordered to pay the Biton family $7,500 in restitution. On March 14, 2013, they caused a gruesome car crash after stoning Israeli vehicles traveling on Route 5 in Samaria.

Biton’s mother, Adva, was driving her three daughters home when their car collided with a truck as a result of the stoning attack. Adele was critically wounded, while her mother and two sisters were moderately wounded. The toddler was hospitalized for many months before eventually being brought home. She suffered from multiple complications as a direct result of her injuries, and died from a lung infection in February 2015.

The sentence “offers us no comfort” and the five Palestinians “should have gotten a life sentence or a death sentence,” Adva Biton told Israel’s Channel 2.

Posted on January 29, 2016 .