LACONIA — Amy Lafond, the SUV driver who hit two teens who were walking along a sidewalk on Messer Street after leaving Middle School on April 19 of 2013, has petitioned the Belknap County Superior Court for a sentence reduction of three years.
Lilyanna Johnson, 14, was killed and Allyssa Miner, now 16, was seriously injured.
Drafted the language herself, Lafond filed a motion asking for permission to enter into home confinement under the "strict supervision" by the N.H. Prison for Women and undergo nine months of intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program.
She acknowledged that the Corrections Policy and Procedure rules do not allow prisoners convicted of second degree assault to be released on administrative confinement and that she had to petition the court.
Lafond, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of negligent homicide and one count of second degree assault on May 29, 2014. The minimum penalty for each conviction is 3 1/2 to 7 years and Judge James O'Neill ordered them to be served consecutively — meaning once she has served the 3 1/2 years for negligent homicide she will begin serving the 3 1/2 years for second degree assault.
As part of a plea agreement, six months of the second sentence was suspended for good behavior. Lafond was credited with 247 days of time she served while she was awaiting trial and incarcerated in the Belknap County House of Corrections, which was credited toward her first sentence. She also has a total of $260,000 in restitution payments to make.
The Belknap County Attorney's Office has not filed a response to Lafond's motion, but if there is an objection on its part, then it will be filed with the court. A hearing on the motion and its objection will be held and the victims will be notified. It would be the decision of court to allow or not to allow the victims to speak openly or to submit statements in writing.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen was unavailable for comment yesterday and Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams said he had not read the motion or conferred with Guldbrandsen, so he declined to comment. Adams anticipated speaking with her next week.
In her motion, Lafond said she has completed a 9-month intensive substance abuse treatment program and is being housed in the Wellness Block on the state's Prison for Women in Goffstown. She said she has maintained academic excellence in her career- and technical-classes and is earning a computer certificate.
Lafond said she has been incident free and is working in a security-sensitive job in the prison library. She said she has completed a parenting class, a health-relationships class, and a life skills seminar.
While in prison she participates in AA, NA, various spiritual classes, yoga, and the Concord Women's Book Club.
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