Jeff Murray feels cheated.
He feels cheated by the text-messaging driver, Kaitlyn Dunaway, 19, who struck his wife and 2-year-old daughter in a crosswalk, killing his toddler, Calli Murray.
He feels cheated by Rohnert Park police who did a crash investigation that concluded his wife -- who was gravely injured -- was somehow at fault.
Girl, 2, Killed In Rohnert Park
As a memorial grows, Petaluma residents Greg Fletcher and fiance Debbie Mills comfort one another at the corner of Snyder Lane and Medical Center Drive in Rohnert Park, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 as they mourn the death of their best friends daughter, two year-old Calli Murray and the severe injuries to mother Ling Murray. The Murray's were struck by a car while using a crosswalk on Snyder Lane Wednesday evening. Fletcher was the best man in the Murray's wedding. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010
A memorial appears, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 at the site where a two year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk Wednesday evening at Snyder Lane and Medical Center Drive in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010
As kids from Lawrence E. Jones Middle School cross at Medical Center Drive and Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park, a driver swerves around the pedestrians, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 and continues south on Snyder Lane. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010
From left, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety police Sgt. Jeff Nicks and DPS fire marshal Dan Adam talk with Sonoma County District Attorney investigators, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 on Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park as the investigation continues in the death of two year-old Calli Murray who was struck by a car while walking with her mother in a crosswalk at Snyder and Medical Center Drive Wednesday night. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010
Katie Weber of Rohnert Park places flowers, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 at a memorial for a two-year old girl that was killed by a car while crossing a crosswalk at Snyder Lane and Medical Center Drive in Rohnert Park, Wednesday evening. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010 PD
And he feels cheated by a judicial system that allowed Dunaway to plead to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and receive a sentence of five days in jail. With good-time credit, she'll be out in three.
"It is unacceptable," Murray said Thursday, a day after the year-long case came to a close in an emotional court hearing. "We were cheated out of Calli's life."
Murray, who made his comments after talking about the outcome on a Bay Area talk show on KGO radio, doesn't fault prosecutors, who played no role in the sentence from Judge Bradford DeMeo.
Deputy District Attorney Craig Brooks refused to accept police findings and hired an independent investigator who blamed Dunaway for the crash.
Brooks said Dunaway was writing up a text message to a friend when she struck Calli and Ling Murray in the Snyder Lane crosswalk near Medical Center Drive just after dark last December.
However, Rohnert Park police Sgt. Jeff Nicks said Thursday he stands by his detectives' finding of "shared fault" in the crash. Nicks said there is no question Dunaway's texting slowed her response but that mother and daughter stepped into the crosswalk when it wasn't safe to do so.
"Unfortunately, you had two wrong things that occurred at the same time," Nicks said.