NorCal Vigilante Mom Dies

Ellie Nesler's Son Convicted of Killing Man Later in Life

A vigilante mother who shot her son's alleged molester in a Tuolumne County courtroom has died.

Ellie Nesler died Friday after fighting breast cancer for several years.

She made international headlines in a Jamestown courtroom in 1993 when she fired five rounds into the head of  camp counselor Daniel Driver who was accused of molesting her then 6-year-old son, Willie.

Nesler was sentenced to 10 years and her case was overturned for jury misconduct.

In 2006, Nesler went on a crusade to free her son, who was also convicted of killing a man.

Nesler was frail and bald at the end of her life from her battle with cancer.

The case became a 1999 TV movie, "Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story."

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