(NewsNation) — Brittany Alkonis, the spouse of a U.S. Navy lieutenant sentenced to 3 years in a Japanese jail after killing two folks in a automotive accident, says she and her children aren’t leaving Washington, D.C., till her husband is dwelling.
“I’ve to carry my children each day as they cry, and say ‘Mommy, when is dad coming dwelling?’” Brittany Alkonis mentioned.
Brittany Alkonis has been coming to the nation’s capital to prepare rallies and make her case outdoors the White Home for her husband’s freedom.
“Each single day that he’s gone simply compounds the ache,” she mentioned.
Not serving to issues is that Brittany Alkonis feels her household is at nighttime on efforts to free her husband.
“If we have been in a position to get that direct line of communication and I wasn’t getting issues third- or fourth-hand, I might really feel like we may lastly go dwelling,” she mentioned.
Lt. Ridge Alkonis, 34, was driving along with his spouse and kids throughout a visit to Mount Fuji when he misplaced consciousness and management of his automotive. The automotive drifted and crashed, killing an 85-year-old lady and her son-in-law.
Whereas Alkonis mentioned he was struck with a case of altitude illness, which a neurologist’s analysis confirmed, a panel of Japanese judges maintained he fell asleep and will have pulled over.
U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, (D-California) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have been making an attempt to assist the Alkonis household, as they don’t consider the lieutenant was given correct due course of. Lawmakers, nonetheless, inform NewsNation it’s an advanced diplomatic scenario, as a result of Japan is an ally.
“We’d like the U.S.- Japan relationship to stay sturdy,” Lee mentioned. “That’s why we are able to’t permit one thing like this to get in the way in which of that.”
So now, Lee and Alkonis’ household need the president to step in.
“He, as a navy dad, can respect what this is able to really feel like,” Lee mentioned. “He’s going to wish to carry Ridge dwelling.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.