Created: 04/22/2013 4:41 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
A St. Paul woman was sentenced to three years in prison for a hit-and-run that killed a college freshman in October.
Teisha Yovonne Randle, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this month to two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide for the crash that killed 20-year-old Austin Conley in Minneapolis.
On Monday, Randle spoke before her sentencing in Hennepin County District Court.
"It was really her first opportunity to say what happened," said Randle's attorney, Carolina Lamas. "I think she truly feels very remorseful for what happened."
According to a criminal complaint, Randle told police that she heard a loud crash and her windshield "exploded" when the crash happened Oct. 27, 2012. She said she thought someone threw a rock at her car and she kept driving.
Conley, a student at Augsburg College, was in a crosswalk when he was hit by Randle's dark Chevrolet Lumina, and dragged nearly a block. According to dispatch records, the person who called 911 kept saying "the car was going 90 and hit this guy. I think he's dead."
Emergency responders found Conley bleeding from his ears. He died at a hospital.
Randle told officers she had been celebrating a birthday at Imperial Room in Minneapolis and was driving about 40 mph through the area where Conley was hit.
After hearing the loud crash, Randle said she kept driving until she got to a nearby interstate exit ramp, according to the complaint.
She told police she left her car there and called her boyfriend for a ride, the complaint said. But when officers went to the exit ramp, they didn't find the car. Police later retrieved the vehicle in her garage with extensive windshield and hood damage.
Earl Conley, the victim's father, said he hasn't had a goodnight's sleep since his son died. Earl Conley had hoped that Randle would serve a longer sentence.
Randle's sentence was a downward departure from the state's sentencing guidelines, Lamas said. The judge ordered the lesser sentence because of her remorsefulness and acceptance of responsibility.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.