Logan Hetherington sentenced to two years prison for hit-and-run death of Layla Aiken

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8-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. (Credit: Aiken Family)
8-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. (Credit: Aiken Family)

Justice today— nearly a year after the hit-and-run crash that killed a Layla Aiken at a Cape Coral bus stop the suspect in the case reached a plea deal that was accepted by the judge.

Logan Hetherington was sentenced to two years in prison as a “youthful offender.” He will also serve two years of house arrest followed by two years of probation. Hetherington’s driver’s license will then also be suspended for one year, in addition to 120 hours of community.

In the initial plea, the prosecutors and the state agreed for Hetherington to have adjudication withheld, meaning he would not be officially found guilty.

Judge Robert Branning rejected that idea and said Hetherington would be “leaving court a convicted felon” with any plea he approves.

Hetherington pleaded and was found guilty during the sentencing.


Layla’s mother, Kathleen Redman, gave an emotional statement to the court about how the life of her and her family has been torn apart by her daughter’s death.

“It would be easier to hate Logan but I don’t … I see a scared young man who made stupid selfish choices as teenagers are known to do,” she said. “He’s not a murderer.”

And with her incredible strength, she gave her daughter’s killer a chance to have a life.

Judge Branning said he took into account her plea for leniency on Hetheringtionm, yet still seeking justice.

Redman said after she learned her daughter was hit in the head and run over, “It took everything in me to gather the courage to look over at that circle of EMT’s, to see what my daughter looked like.”

She spared no details to the court in the graphic telling of what she saw that day.

In a brief moment after her statements, Hetherington apologized directly to Redman.

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