By: Hannah Paczkowski
Emotions ran high as the jury made its announcement on whether or not Leamond Pierce would be going to jail.
Pierce is convicted of vehicular homicide for the death of 2-year-old Aidan Curry of Omaha.
"We were confident that the evidence would sway the jury, convince reasonable people what actually happened that day," Aidan's mother Jennifer Brock said.
Pierce, a truck driver from Delaware, was driving on a snowy day on I-80 near Waverly when Aidan's father merged into his lane. Pierce's truck smashed into the back of the Curry's car, killing Aidan.
Both sides argued whether or not Pierce was solely responsible for the crash. Investigators said Aidan's father was driving at a slow speed, but Pierce was driving too fast for conditions.
It took the jury nearly five hours to deliberate. Brock said she was relieved when she heard the verdict.
"To know that we live in a society where justice can be done it's just very reassuring and it's been a good day," she said.
Pierce faces a year behind bars, his sentencing is scheduled for February 11.
Though Brock said she knows Pierce's incarceration won't bring back her son, she said she's happy that justice has been served.
"We've been waiting over two years for this and fighting for this and it's amazing, but it doesn't make it go away," Brock said.