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Victim's family accepts Senser apology

Family members of Anousone Phanthavong say he was a peaceful man who would have forgiven Amy Senser. At her sentencing hearing, a tearful Senser apologized to the family and hugged Phanthavong's mother, saying she never saw Phanthavong on the night she struck and killed him with her SUV.
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Family members of Anousone Phanthavong say he was a peaceful man who would have forgiven Amy Senser. At her sentencing hearing, a tearful Senser apologized to the family and hugged Phanthavong's mother, saying she never saw Phanthavong on the night she struck and killed him with her SUV.

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