Amy Senser Found Guilty in Fatal Hit-and-Run Case

By Suzan Clarke

May 3, 2012 5:01pm

 

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Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Vikings star Joe Senser, was today found guilty in two of three felony counts related to criminal vehicular homicide.

Senser was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to promptly report an accident, but she was acquitted on the third felony charge of gross negligence. She was also convicted of misdemeanor careless driving.

The 45-year-old showed little emotion as the verdicts were read, staring straight ahead. Jurors,  in Hennepin County District Court, in Minneapolis,  looked tense at the conclusion of the highly publicized trial, with one crying and dabbing at tears with a handkerchief.

Senser was to remain free until sentencing. Each felony count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines suggested four years for each count. The misdemeanor carried a potential sentence of up to 90 days in jail.

Senser had testified tearfully on Monday that she knew she had hit something on the night of Aug. 23, but said she believed it was a pothole or construction cone. She said she didn’t see 38-year-old  Anousone Phanthavong.

“I just never saw him. I didn’t see him. It just couldn’t have been me,” she said.

When asked to describe what the feeling of the impact was like, Senser said, “I’ve never been in an accident so I wasn’t quite sure if I’d hit a pothole or one of those construction signs.”

“I remember being jolted by the front,” Senser testified. “Not exactly sure what had happened. I assumed I had hit something.”

She is married to Joe Senser, a former Minnesota Vikings tight end.

Phanthavong, a restaurant cook, was fatally struck by Amy Senser’s sport utility vehicle as he refueled his stalled car on an Interstate 94 ramp in Minneapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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