Tragedy Unveiled: Mother of Hit-and-Run Victims Slams Judge’s Decision

Westlake Village, California – The sentencing of Rebecca Grossman, convicted of murdering two young boys in a hit-and-run crash in 2020, has sparked controversy among the victims’ family members. Following Judge Joseph Brandolino’s decision on Grossman’s sentencing, Nancy Iskander, the mother of Mark and Jacob Iskander, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome. Iskander believes that the judge should have imposed a stricter sentence that reflects the tragic loss of both her sons.

Grossman, facing a maximum of 34 years in prison, was ultimately sentenced to 15 years to life for each second-degree murder charge and an additional three years for a hit-and-run charge, to be served concurrently. Iskander expressed her disappointment in the sentence, feeling that counting both boys as one minimized the severity of the crime and sent the wrong message to the public regarding hit-and-run incidents.

Despite Grossman’s denial of hitting and killing the boys, she was found guilty of two counts each of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, as well as one count of hit-and-run driving. Iskander’s initial call for leniency towards Grossman shifted after receiving a letter from her in jail, leading to a court order for Grossman to cease contact with the Iskander family.

The sentencing hearing was emotional, with Grossman visibly shaken and tearful as victim impact statements were delivered in court, detailing the stories of the young boys and the devastating impact of their loss. Iskander expressed her love for Grossman and her family but emphasized the importance of seeking justice for her sons and holding Grossman accountable for her actions.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors highlighted Grossman’s alleged high speeds, impairment, and presence of alcohol and valium in her system at the time of the crash. Grossman maintains her innocence, claiming she did not see the boys on the road and would have taken drastic measures to avoid hitting them if she had. Prosecutors argued that Grossman’s actions following the crash, including failing to offer aid to the victims and fleeing the scene, demonstrated a lack of remorse and responsibility.

As Grossman begins her sentence, the Iskander family seeks to honor the memory of Mark and Jacob through the Mark and Jacob Iskander Foundation, aimed at supporting underprivileged children worldwide. Iskander remains determined to turn the tragedy into something positive, ensuring that her sons’ legacy lives on through acts of kindness and generosity.

Looking forward, Iskander is focused on preserving the memory of her sons and carrying out the good they would have done in the world. Despite the challenges ahead, Iskander is supported by a community dedicated to upholding the values and aspirations of Mark and Jacob, embodying their spirit through meaningful actions and initiatives.