LACONIA – Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said yesterday she will object to Amy Lafond's request to be released on home confinement after she finishes the first part of her sentence of 3½ to 7 years for negligent homicide.
As part of her guilty plea, Lafond was sentenced to two consecutive sentences – one for killing Lilyanna Johnson, 14, by striking her with her car while she was walking along Messer Street on April 19, 2013, and one 3½ year sentence for second-degree assault for seriously injuring Allyssa Miner, now 16. Six months of the second sentence was suspended on the condition of Lafond's good behavior in prison.
"The second-degree assault pertains to the second victim (Miner)," Guldbrandsen said. "I never wanted the death of one girl to overshadow the injuries of the other girl."
"It was appropriate she was sentenced on both and the victim's family strongly object (to Lafond's motion)," Guldbrandsen continued.
Guldbrandsen added that she is very pleased to see Lafond taking advantage of all of the classes and help groups available to her and hopes that when it is her time for release she can be a productive member of society.
Laconia Police Capt. Matt Canfield, the lead investigator into the accident, said yesterday that he agrees with Guldbrandsen.
"My feeling is she should serve out her sentences for each crime," he said. "There were two separate crimes that day despite the fact there was only one act."
Guldbrandsen said she will be filing her official objection to Lafond's motion later this week. She said it is the judge's decision whether or not to hold a hearing, and she said there is one, it would likely be a video hearing. She said victims will have the right to appear at the hearing and if some do go to the court, she said the judge would likely let them speak if they wanted to speak.
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