Updated: 07/11/2012 10:46 AM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz
Amy Senser's stepdaughter Brittani was in the courtroom yesterday when the 41-month-long sentence was handed down. Tuesday morning, she spoke to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.
"It sad to see Amy... but I think that she's there because of the crime that she committed," Brittani Senser said.
Brittani Senser testified against Amy during the trial. She told the jury about a choice she gave her stepmother's attorney: tell authorities that Amy was driving the car that killed Anousone Phanthavong, or she would.
"When the news broke and there wasn't a driver that was identified and speculation was that it could have been any of us, I told them, since I knew that Amy was the driver, that she needed to come forward and I believed that she needed to take responsibility for what she had done," Brittani Senser said.
28-year-old Brittani is an aspiring singer. During the trial Amy's attorneys pressed her on concerns she had about her career after the crash.
Brittani says she has spent much of the last year hiding and working on music behind the scenes.
"I've had plenty of opportunities to come out and capitalize as they said that I was doing. And in respect for the Phanthavongs, and in respect for my family, and the judicial system, I didn't think that it was right to come out at all and absolutely am not capitalizing on it whatsoever," Brittani Senser said.
Brittani has a new song called "Straight Jacket" which has not officially been released. It was inspired by the strained relationship with her family.
Brittani posted the following message to her Facebook page following her appearance on GMA:
"Dear Family and Friends,
These past few months have been difficult for me and my family, but nothing compared to what the Phanthavongs have endured since the tragic accident last August. While I am saddened by yesterday's sentencing, my heart goes out to the Phanthavongs as well.
As you know, there have been many things reported and said inside and outside of the courtroom over the past few months - some hurtful, others untrue. There have been times that I wanted to speak and set the record straight. However, out of respect for the families and the judicial process, I chose to lay low and not grant any interviews. I also chose to put my music career on hold, cancel appearances and decline other opportunities until everything was resolved.
This morning, I was finally able to express myself and answer some of the questions that have been asked of me. And now that the judicial process is over, I plan to move forward while supporting my family and honoring the memory of Anousone Phanthavong.
Thanks again for your understanding, as well as all of the love and support you have shown me and my family during these difficult times.
Click here to watch video of Brittani's interview on GMA.