Family Forgives Man Following Guilty Plea For His Role in Fatal Crash


UPDATED: Friday February 28, 2014 8:06 AM

A family says they forgive a man convicted of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed their loved one.

Cory Jackson was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and DUI for the November 17, 2011 crash that killed Paul Nauman in Morrow County.

After 27 months of legal wrangling, and 8 days of sometimes heated, often highly technical testimony, Jackson agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lesser charge of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide.

After his emotional plea Paul Nauman's family called Jackson over, saying "we're not a vindictive family" as they embraced him.

Nauman's family says this is what he would have wanted.

"The day that me and my brother went in and my dad, he passed away in the hospital, I went and touched my father and it came through him to forgive him," said Nauman's son Tracy.

"Our family's been through enough and I'm sure the Jackson family's been through enough.  And Cory was willing to admit guilt and we're willing to accept that," said Paul Nauman's daughter Kim Mast.

Patricia Nauman is still learning to live without her partner of 53 years, but she says she is ready to move on.

"We don't want to be a vindictive family. We're a loving family."

Following the lead of the man they loved and lost, Nauman's family told Jackson, "You would have loved our dad. You would have loved him. He's already forgiven you."

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