Amy Senser Begins Sentence at Shakopee Women's Prison

Updated: 07/10/2012 11:05 AM By: Leslie Rolander

The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser is now an inmate at a women's prison in Shakopee.

Amy Senser was processed at 12:48 p.m. Monday after she was sentenced in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Thai restaurant chef last August.

Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley sentenced Senser to 41 months in prison.

She was also sentenced to 90 days in a work house, which will be served concurrently.

State guidelines called for a sentence of 41 to 57 months in prison. Mabley gave her the lighter end of the sentencing guidelines.

An attorney for Senser had sought probation, saying she was "deeply remorseful" about the accident last August that killed Anousone Phanthavong as he stood beside his car on a Minneapolis freeway ramp. But Mabley rejected that request, saying he felt Senser had avoided taking responsibility for the crash.

Senser, 45, was convicted in May of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to promptly report an accident, both felonies.

Senser apologized in court to the victim's family, saying she was sorry.

She was sobbing as she turned to the Phanthavong family and said, "I've waited a long time to say that I'm sorry, and I hope you can believe me. I never saw your son that night, and if I had, I would have stopped to help him."

After the sentencing the family said they believed Senser's remorse. They said Anousone would have forgiven her, and that's part of the reason they were able to forgive her.

Senser's attorney Eric Nelson said he was very disappointed in the sentence. He also said, Senser recently had Anousone Phanthavong's name tattooed on her wrist.

Nelson said she knows she carries a very heavy burden, and wanted a way to have a daily reminder of him.

One juror came to the courthouse for Senser's sentencing. Dwight Seward says he hoped to experience some closure. He says the entire process has been emotional. He said the sentence was roughly what he expected.

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The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.