By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The woman convicted of hitting two teenaged girls with her car in April of 2013 and killing one of them has asked for a one-time credit of 180 days off from one of her sentences.
Amy Lafond, 54, has completed 60 days of a vocational training program, 60 days of a family connections program and a 60-day mental health program while being incarcerated in the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women in Goffstown for the death of Lilyanna Johnson and the assault of Allyssa Miner in April of 2013.
Lafond filed her request with the Belknap County Superior Court and the Office of the Belknap County Attorney is expected to reply to her request.
Lafond is petitioning for the one-time sentence reduction based on a recent law, RSA 651-A:22-a, that states the commissioner (of the Department of Correction) shall award a prisoner or recommend that the prisoner receive a one-time reduction of his or her minimum and maximum sentences for completion of the aforementioned programs.
The commissioner has recommended the reduction.
Lafond was sentenced to serve 3 ½ to 7 years in prison for the negligent homicide of Johnson. Once she finishes that sentence, she is scheduled to serve 3 ½ to 7 years, with six months suspended of the minimum, for the second-degree assault to Miner.
She pleaded guilty to both counts in May of 2014. Lafond was driving on Messer Street when she crossed the yellow line, drove up on the sidewalk, and struck the two teens as they were walking home from Laconia Middle School. While police said she had Oxycodone in her system, they were unable to prove she was intoxicated or incapacitated.
Lafond is eligible for parole on the first sentence on March 21, 2017. Should she be granted parole on that date, she begins serving a minimum of three years on the second sentence. At this point in time, said Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons, her earliest parole date in Sept. 16, 2019. If the court should grant her the 180-day credit, her earliest parole date would be six months earlier.