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Nancy Iskander, mom of two boys killed by LA socialite Rebecca Grossman, decries sentencing

The mother of two young boys killed in a hit-and-run crash by a Los Angeles socialite said she felt like she was “stabbed in the heart” when she learned of the killer’s fate.

Rebecca Grossman was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison for the murders of brothers Jacob, 8, and Mark Iskander, but prosecutors had sought a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison for Grossman.

Nancy Iskander said it was difficult to hear Grossman’s sentence because Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino “lumped together” the two boys in his sentencing and gave them a light sentence.

“The 15 life sentences were like a stab to my heart,” Iskander said. He told KABC“In two different ways. The first is that he put the two boys together as if they were one, but that wasn’t the case.”

“Ask any parent and they’ll tell you their kids are not the same person. They’re different. They have two different personalities,” she added. “Especially when they’re just starting out. You can’t treat them as one. It’s so unfair.”

Nancy Iskander said it was painful to hear the light sentence given to Rebecca Grossman by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino on Monday. AP

The two boys were killed on Sept. 29, 2020, while crossing a road in Westlake Village with their mother and younger brother, Zachary.

As the two older boys stepped onto the crosswalk, a Mercedes GLE 43 AMG driven by Grossman struck them, fatally injuring them and then fled the scene.

“If (Grossman) had been a little less intoxicated or had been a little more careful, the accident could have been avoided,” Iskander said. “If Jacob had taken one more step, exactly one more step, he would have survived and not been run over by her car.”

Rebecca Grossman (center) was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison for the murders of 8-year-old brothers Jacob and Mark Iskander. New York Post
The two boys were killed on Sept. 29, 2020, while crossing a road in Westlake Village with their mother and younger brother, Zachary.

Prosecutors, who had sought a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in prison for Grossman, had argued the socialite had been drinking with her then-boyfriend, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson, when the pair raced, reaching speeds of up to 81 mph before the fatal crash.

Grossman spoke directly to the grieving Iskanders at Monday’s sentencing hearing.

“I would give my life if I could bring Mark and Jacob back. I am so sorry. I have always wanted to talk to you guys and I am sorry it never happened. I didn’t run. The car stopped. My pain is nothing compared to your pain. I am so sorry what happened to you.”

Iskander slammed Grossman’s apology as false and wanted to get up and leave the courtroom.

“First, let me tell you why I sat down. I expected her to be unauthentic, untrue and unapologetic.”

Iskander said she remained in her seat when Grossman pleaded with her to stay, leading her mother to wonder if something had changed about her son’s killer.

“When she started speaking, it was exactly what I expected. It wasn’t real. It wasn’t ‘I’m sorry we killed them,’ it was ‘I’m sorry for your loss,'” Iskander said.

Iskander slammed Grossman’s apology as false and wanted to get up and leave the courtroom. Korea ABC
On September 29, 2020, a Mercedes GLE 43 AMG driven by Grossman struck and killed two boys before fleeing the scene. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Grossman, 60, will be eligible for parole after nine years and was also ordered to pay $47,161.89 in restitution.

Iskander blamed Grossman for killing her sons and part of herself.

“When your child dies, you die. There’s no question about it. A part of me is dead. And it died because of her. And while I’m half dead, I still have to function and take care of my little ones.”

Grossman, 60, will be eligible for parole after nine years and was also ordered to pay $47,161.89 in restitution. Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Iskander blamed Grossman for killing her sons and part of herself.

Iskander described the verdict as “the most difficult day of the entire trial.”

“If I compare Monday to Sept. 29, 2020, I feel about the same amount of pain,” she said. He told KTLA“All I can say about that is I hope nine years is enough for her to change her mind. I’m not sure,” Iskander said.

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