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Woman sentenced in fatal motorcycle crash

Created: 06/25/2014 6:18 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque woman who was driving drunk when she hit and killed a motorcyclist last year was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Amanda Casaus was facing up to seven and a half years for vehicular homicide, but the judge decided not to give her the maximum sentence.

We were there as Casaus apologized to the victim's family in court Wednesday. "I take full responsibility for my actions that day. I will live with this guilt for the rest of my life."

Deputies placed Casaus into handcuffs after the sentence was read.

Casaus was driving drunk when she killed Peter Lafond in March last year. Lafond was on his motorcycle. Casaus's blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

The victim's family says the sentence won't bring them closure.

Casaus will have to serve at least 85 percent of her 4 and a half year sentence. She'll then be on probation for 3 years.


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