By MARTIGA LOHN, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of former Viking Joe Senser was sentenced Monday to nearly 3½ years in prison in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Thai restaurant chef.
An attorney for Amy Senser had sought probation, saying she was "deeply remorseful" about the accident last August that killed Anousone Phanthavong as he stood beside his car on a Minneapolis freeway ramp. But Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley rejected that request, saying he felt Senser had avoided taking responsibility for the crash.
Senser, 45, was convicted in May of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to promptly report an accident, both felonies, in one of Minnesota's most closely watched criminal cases in years.
Before she was sentenced, Senser cried audibly as victim impact statements were read. She also cried later as she apologized to members of Phanthavong's family, some of whom wore T-shirts bearing his picture.
"I just hope someday you can forgive me for taking Anousone from you," she said. She added later: "I'm so very sorry."
Mabley sentenced Senser to 41 months in prison and rejected a request from her attorney, Eric Nelson, that she remain free on appeal.
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