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Community Group Challenges Plea Deal With Vigil

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Organizers say a vigil planned Monday evening for an 8-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a vehicle in western North Carolina last year has been postponed. Organizers say a vigil planned Monday evening for an 8-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a vehicle in western North Carolina last year has been postponed.
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Updated: March 25, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

Organizers say a vigil planned Monday evening for an 8-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a vehicle in western North Carolina last year has been postponed.

No date has been set at this time.  Keep checking back for updates.

Posted: March 25, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Community members in North Carolina plan to hold a vigil for an 8-year-old girl who was killed after being struck by a car in Buncombe County last year.

Last week, 29-year-old Harry Kimmons, III pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Eryka Phillips. He was originally charged with murder in the case. Police claimed he'd intentionally ran over Phillips and her mother in the Bi-Lo parking lot along Smoky Park Highway.

However, prosecutors agreed to the lesser charge because evidence showed Kimmons hit the brakes. The plea deal means Kimmons will spend four to six years in prison.

The group behind NoMoorePleas.com call the plea deal an injustice and say it's a pattern in Buncombe County. In a statement released following last week's hearing. It reads:

"Eryka died and she died at Mr. Kimmons hand. There is no disputing that. That our D.A. and his staff were not able to pull the facts toward justice does not mean that the facts were not in place. Eryka's Team is not going to be passive with this persisting pattern of placing efficiency and convenience before justice."

The group is hosting a vigil Monday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. It will be held on the sidewalk of the Bi-Lo Shopping Center on Smokey Park where the incident happened.

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