After serving a nearly 2 1/2-year sentence for a fatal hit and run accident in 2011, Amy Senser will be released from custody Monday. Senser will still be on supervised release until December 2015, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Senser was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of chef Anousone Phanthavong, 38, of Roseville on the night of August 23, 2011. The wife of former Vikings tight end Joe Senser hit Phanthavong as he was putting gas in his stalled car on an exit ramp along Interstate 94. There were no witnesses, but his body – and pieces of her vehicle – were found on the ramp.
Senser argued that she didn’t know she had hit a person and that’s why she didn’t stop at the scene.
In May 2012, a Hennepin County jury found Senser guilty on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide; one alleged she left the scene of a crash and the other accused her of failing to notify police as soon as possible. She was acquitted of two other charges. Senser began serving her 41-month sentence in July 2012.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld her conviction in the case.
Senser, now 48, was in a work-release program for the past six months, after serving one year and eight months at the Shakopee women's prison. She was moved to an unspecified residential correctional facility – a halfway house – in the community, a corrections official said at the time.
While she's on supervised release, Senser must follow several conditions such as submitting to random drug and alcohol tests. She will not be allowed to drive for another five years, according to the Star Tribune.
The day after her conviction, the Sensers settled a wrongful-death case with Phanthavong’s family for an undisclosed amount of money, the Star Tribune reports.
A new state law went into effect in August that eliminates the “ignorance” defense in hit-and-run cases. It requires drivers involved in collisions to stop and investigate what they struck.