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Woman pleads no contest in fatal motorcycle crash case

Created: 04/22/2014 6:23 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Amanda Casaus is accused of killing motorcyclist Peter LaFond in a crash in March of last year. Police say that she caused that crash near Montano and Unser and that Casaus was drunk.

Today in front of the LaFond family she changed her original plea.

"She's not admitting to the guilt, and she did it" according to Kathy LaFond, who lost her brother in that crash.

Amanda Casaus pled no contest to killing Peter LaFond in March of last year. Police say that when she was tested, Casaus was twice the legal limit at that crash. For the LaFond Family, it keeps them from having to go through a long and painful trial. But it fell short of what Kathy LaFond really wanted to see.

"I didn't want to see a trial.  I just wanted her to say she was guilty. She killed him. She's guilty. I don't understand the no contest plea."

Casaus was able to walk out of the court room today, another fact in this case that leaves the family even more upset than just the loss of Peter.

"She's been out free since this happened. 403 days- we've been without my brother all this time. His wife and kids are without him. It's just not fair," Kathy LaFond said.

Casaus’s lawyer Ousama M. Rasheed says punishment won’t be any different with her plea of no contest.

"There was never a circumstance where Miss Casaus contemplated taking this case to trial. There was never a circumstance that she was denying that she was involved in this horrific event."

And though difficult for the family to process, they’ll have to wait until the sentencing to see what Amanda Casaus punishment will ultimately be. His widow Laura Lafond  isn't sure that any sentence handed down will bring any sort of satisfaction or closure.

"I really don't know if anything can make it right- nothing is going to make him come back."

Amanda Casaus is free for now. But she will be back in court within the next 8-10 weeks to learn her sentence. She faces anywhere from no time- to seven and a half years.


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