Minnesota Supreme Court denies Amy Senser's final bid for freedom

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 9:56 PM

Highly publicized hit-and-run case comes to an end.

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The Minnesota Supreme Court will not consider Amy Senser’s final bid for freedom, bringing an end to the highly publicized fatal hit-and-run case that began on a darkened Minneapolis freeway ramp two years ago and culminated with a prison term for the wife of an ex-Minnesota Vikings player.

“Based upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein, it is hereby ordered that the petition of Amy Margaret Senser for further review be, and the same is, denied.” Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote in the one-sentence order that now means Senser will remain in prison until at least October 2014, when she is scheduled for supervised release from her three-and-a-half year prison term following her convictions last year for criminal vehicular homicide for the death of True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong.

Her attorney, Eric Nelson, declined to comment.

Phanthavong was putting gas in his stalled car on the Riverside Avenue exit ramp of I-94 in Minneapolis when he was struck and killed by someone driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV. Senser’s attorney turned over the vehicle the next day, but Amy Senser waited more than a week to admit to being the driver, under pressure from her stepdaughter, Brittani Senser.

At trial, Senser, the wife of Joe Senser, a tight end for the Vikings for a decade whose name adorns two Joe Senser’s restaurants in the Twin Cities, testified that she didn’t know she struck a person when she left the scene that night. A jury didn’t believe her and convicted her of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide — one count for leaving the scene, a second for failing to call for help.

Senser argued her case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, who also denied her bid for freedom before she made the final bid to the Supreme Court, which may decide which cases are considered.

 

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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