By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County Superior Court judge has denied a request to credit the woman who killed one teen and seriously injured another with 180 days toward her sentence for completing three life-skills classes while incarcerated.
Judge James O'Neill said he agreed with Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen who said the new law that would have credited Amy Lafond, 54, with the 180 days didn't go into effect until after she was sentenced for negligent homicide and second degree assault on May 29, 2014.
The Earned Time Credit law credits convicted felons with up to 180 days off a sentence if the inmate completes technical training, earns an associate's or bachelor's degree, engages in a family connections program and/or a mental health program. It became effective Sept. 9, 2014, and is intended to provide a reward for an inmate who tries to better himself or herself while incarcerated.
Guldbrandsen said in her objection that the sentences of 3 1/2 to 7 years for the negligent homicide and 3 to 7 years for the second-degree assault were the products of lengthy negotiations by her and Lafond's attorney Mark Sisti, and that if the law had been in effect when she was sentenced, it would have been taken it into consideration at that time.
She went on to say that the existing sentences were the "absolute minimum" that the state could impose in light of the crimes, the input from the victims' families, and the opinions of the Laconia Police.
Guldbrandsen said that she also contacted the families, who are very much against Lafond getting any reduced time.
Lafond pleaded guilty to killing Lilyanne Johnson and seriously injuring Allyssa Miner when she crossed a double line on Messer Street and struck the two as they were walking on the sidewalk.
Lafond is eligible for parole in September of 2019.
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