Georgia judge sentences woman to 36 years for hit-and-run deaths

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A judge in Fulton County, Georgia, sentenced a woman to 36 years in prison Thursday for her role in an Easter Sunday car wreck last year that left five people dead (including an infant), and for her subsequent role in trying to cover it up.

Aimee Michael sat expressionless as her sentence was read — guilty of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, serious injury by vehicle, hit-and-run, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and tampering with evidence. She also received 14 years’ probation and was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle and to surrender her driver’s license.

Michael’s mother, Sheila Michael, was sentenced to eight years for tampering with evidence and hindering her daughter’s apprehension.

“I know, at 22, there are things that many of us have done in this courtroom that we may not be proud of, decisions we may have made,” Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, her voice quavering, told defendant Aimee Michael. “But this is, for me, from all my days as a prosecutor, from the time that I have spent on the bench, the hardest case I have ever dealt with.”