Amy Senser

Amy Senser

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Probation or prison? Amy Senser to learn fate today

  • July 9, 2012 - 9:01 AM

Amy Senser is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday morning in Hennepin County District Court.

State sentencing guidelines call for Senser, 45, to spend 41 months to 57 months in prison after a jury convicted her in May of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide for striking Anousone Phanthavong, 38, on Aug. 23 as he was putting gas in his stalled car at the Riverside Avenue exit ramp along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, then leaving the scene.

Senser's attorney has asked Judge Daniel Mabley to put her on probation, saying she is "deeply remorseful ... that she is responsible, albeit accidentally, for the taking of a human life."

The prosecution, however, contends that Senser has displayed only "hollow excuses," not remorse, and deserves the maximum-allowable sentence of nearly five years in prison.

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to take about an hour.

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