Wife of ex-NFL star sentenced in fatal hit and run accident
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 6:41
- Date Jul 10, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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It's shocking developments in a dramatic hit and run accident that hit an aspiring pop star against her own stepmother.
Now Amy censor the wife of former Minnesota Vikings player -- sensor is facing a sentence of three and a half years in prison.
For the hit and run accident that killed this man last August.
The 38 year old victim who was a shaft was putting fuel in his vehicle on the side of an exit ramp when he was struck by a car and killed.
Trace Gallagher has the details of how the case unfolded from there Trace.
Yet -- any sense or not only struck and killed that man who was putting gas from the side of his car -- in which she also brushed the car right leaving some of the damage at the scene now here is that 911.
Call from the night it happened I -- -- -- There's nobody to blame I don't know I can't really paying pretty -- -- -- -- like current.
The other I don't I don't know I -- -- the content I don't know quite get it -- -- -- -- Now remember any center kept going claiming that she thought she hit a pothole or -- a police car owners something she was eventually -- convicted.
And before she was sentenced to three and a half years she claimed that she was so remorseful.
That she tattooed the name of the victim on her wrist the judge says her remorse rang true but added and I'm quoting.
This avoidance of responsibility was not out of panic or confusion.
It was orchestrated now when they first connected to sensors Mercedes to the hit and run the 28 year old stepdaughter.
-- Amy her name is Brittany thought the police would have.
Thought it might have been anybody in the family right.
So she pushed her step mom to come forward.
And this morning she told Good Morning America that -- and still not really sure she buys this step mom story -- I.
Believe she is remorseful yes absolutely.
I kind of agree with the judge that -- it's hard to believe that.
You didn't really hit something.
Again she's an aspiring pop singer in the family's very well -- they're -- sensor played for the vikings and now addition that -- he runs a chain of restaurants Minneapolis very well known them.
So she could have been put away for quite a longer time -- she got trees Gallagher thank you.
So the question today is whether this punishment did fit the crime -- -- now former prosecutor now defense attorney Joey Jackson and defense attorney David -- Gentlemen -- -- the court two blocks -- -- a little short on time but I want to ask you jelly she -- as she got 41 months in prison she could've gotten 57 months and there were a bit I mean.
She left the scene.
-- should be tracked down there was a question about what is she deleted taxed on hurts cell -- to cover up her behavior questions about whether alcohol was involved because she wasn't turned over until.
You know much much too late to test.
Did the punishment that the.
Cracked you know what -- I think so I mean even from a prosecution perspective I'll say this I mean what you have to do adjust the balance multiple things as a judge.
In order to -- out a sentence that you think is appropriate like what like a person's prior criminal history if there is any this in this instance it was not.
Apparently -- -- 113.
Letters that was submitted by friends and relatives speaking to who she was.
And -- certainly you have to take that into consideration.
Having said that certainly there's a need to jail -- Because you -- to have some deterrent value this is under no circumstance should -- it be hitting hitting and running.
I know that there are expensive I mean there's a.
-- I decide how to get data beaver go to break and I are back with David and I -- a man is dead three and a half years in prison she left the scene.
She didn't take responsibility initially.
There's a question about you know she cheek she seems to have misled the court -- -- testified that bush didn't know she hit somebody's thought it was a pothole really.
Now you know it's creative criminal defense Megan this tattoo thing this tattoo tribute.
To the victim not only is going to remind her and her lifelong.
-- victim -- the consequences of a crime so I give the defense attorneys claim credit for that but Megan apparently she had no prior offenses.
She didn't come forward eventually she showed tremendous remorse or sentencing.
What does sorry when they are on trial for their freedom.
We'll talk more about it in three minutes don't collect.
So you tell me Joey how much of a factor should it have been.
That the judge did not feel she took responsibility or was honest with the court about what happened she tipped to city and she maintained she thought she hit a pothole sure.
She ran over a Manning killed.
She certainly did and I think there's a lot to say about how veracity or lack thereof as far as what she did even if you look at the pre sentencing report.
Which he had indicated not remorse but she said you know what.
I really should have been convicted of anything -- -- -- what have a should've been a misdemeanor so clearly there's a problem there in her not accepting responsibility the other thing is is that it really strains credibility -- you -- think that you hit something.
And you don't stop you don't question you don't call my -- want you take no affirmative steps to address what you have done and and that instance I think the judge was absolutely right in rejecting the defense's request magnet for a downward departure that would have just provided -- with -- Probation the defense you know I mean 57 months in prison which -- -- the prosecution want -- she got 41 it's that long time David for a man dying.
I mean you really wanna send a messages as a judge why not throw the book at her and say you're go to jail for the maximum time because to this moment.
US failed to take responsibility to honestly own up to what you did.
On the night in question the prosecution saying the chance several acts she was the leading from the night -- accident and the next day for herself on you tell me why was she doing that.
-- -- definitely panic make no question about a Megan there's also the issue of contributory.
Negligence and this is a port case the man was on the side of the off -- and dangerous -- position putting gas in his cars that -- -- -- al-Qaeda make it.
I don't it would ever -- there is whenever there's the issue of -- Getting off the freeway and and someone's on the side of the freeway.
You're going to have somewhat of a contributory issue may get what are you hit and run there's going to be a presumption of alcohol -- -- -- here and it's going to be a higher penalty she just didn't have any history that would warrant.
TV -- you.
I don't see -- history so relevant relatively Amanda's Fred let me at it we're not talking about the it has been twenty years in five years making under 41 must Pacific -- You are absolutely right to be outraged by this but to the point of contributory negligence let's be clear here that this person was not doing anything illegal they simply ran out of gas was standing on -- side of the road -- -- issues in terms of how companies are there any -- position yes they are what.
Just about judges wanted to send a message -- a matches of deterring other would be hit and run driver to lead to the viewers decide whether that was done here gentlemen thank you both so much.