LACONIA — Amy Lafond, who is serving time for her role in a 2013 traffic accident that took the life of one Laconia Miiddle School student and injured a second, has lost her bid to be let out of prison early and serve the balance of her sentence under house arrest.
Lafond was sentenced after pleading guilty to negligent homicide and second degree assault arising from the collision on Messer Street in April 2013. Driving a Jeep Cherokee north on Messer Street at excessive speed, Lafond, 54, passed a car stopped at the crosswalk at the foot of the bridge, whereupon her vehicle climbed the curb on the opposite side of the street and struck Lilyanna Johnson, who died, and Allyssa Miner.
In brief order issued earlier this month, Justice James D. O'Neill, III of Belknap County Superior Court denied Lafond's request to amend her sentence to enable her to qualify for administrative home confinement, which would have enabled her to undergo intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse.
In May 2014 Lafond was sentenced to three-and-a-half to seven years for negligent homicide and to three to six years, to consecutively, for second degree assault. She asked the court to suspend or defer the three-to-six-year sentence for second degree assault.
In opposing Lafond's petition, Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said that reducing her sentence would undermine its "punitive aspect." Moreover, she called Lafond's request "untimely," explaining that she must serve at least four years — or two-thirds of her minimum sentence — before applying to amend her sentence.
O'Neill confirmed that the sentences are "appropriate" and stressed that "of equal import, the profound impact that the defendant's criminal actions had on the victims' families must be considered. Likewise, he agreed with Guldbrandsen that Lafond's request was untimely.
In her petition Lafond said that since September 2014 she has been in the Wellness Block, which she described as "an intense therapeutic residential community," where she has undergone mental health treatment and substance abuse rehabilitation as well as participated in technical classes, parenting education and a number of other programs.