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Omaha Philanthropist Gets 2 Years Probation

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)-  An Omaha philanthropist is sentenced to probation Thursday, after she was in a car accident that killed Jeff Ahl, a motorcyclist back in May.  Family of the motorcyclist says the judge should have taken her license away for good.

"Hope we can go on and heal from this because the pain has been very great.  We miss Jeff terribly," said Sandy Ahl, Ahl's mother.

Hard words from the mother who lost her son eight months ago.  Her son, Jeff, and philanthropist Leslie Hoberman, were coming from opposite directions when the accident happened near 157th and Pacific.  Hoberman did not yield to the right of way causing the crash.  She faces two years probation and a temporary suspension of her license. 

"I'm disappointed that she didn't get a full suspension of her drivers license—revoked forever.  Because she should never get behind the wheel of a car again," said Ahl.

She also has to finish 480 hours of community service.  Something the Ahl family finds more suitable than time behind bars.

"As disappointed as we are, we definitely didn't want Mrs. Hoberman to go to jail.  I'm sure that's she's hurting as well," said Ahl.

Ahl said even though her son loved to ride, she wants him to be remembered for his involvement in the community and not just as a motorcyclist.

"One time Jeff took me to one of the constructions sites and these little old ladies would come up to me and say, ‘are you Jeff's mother? Oh we love Jeff.'  he took to time to visit with these people and he didn't have to do that.  But that's the kind of man he was," said Ahl.

Hoberman did not make a statement in court.  She's been charged with motor vehicle homicide.  The Ahl family is planning for a memorial in May.

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