Amanda Conway sobbed uncontrollably as a judge sentenced her to 13 months in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed her friend. Conway s family members challenged reporters after the court appearance Tuesday.
A Suffield teen has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for a crash that killed her 17-year-old friend, Alexa Crosby, in 2010.
Amanda Conway, of Suffield, pleaded no contest to charges in May.
"I am sorry. I know my apology does not bring back Alexa. You lost an important person and I take full responsibility for what happened," Conway said in court on Tuesday.
Her parents urged the judge not to sentence Conway to prison and the teen sobbed hysterically as she was issued a 13-month sentence.
Police said Conway lost control of the Jeep she was driving and crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer.
She was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence and pleaded no contest to two felony charges.
Conway sobbed uncontrollably when the judge announced the 13-month sentence.
Crosby's family was in court for the sentencing.
"Alexa was the most amazing woman I have ever met. She had a bright future ahead of her, "her sister, Taylor, said. "Everyday I hope I can wake up and this would all be a bad dream."
Tina Crosby. Alexa's mother, said Alexa was "an absolute joy" and an amazing daughter.
"Alexa was a blessing from God and I am thankful for the 17 years I had with her," she said.
Amanda Conway must surrender by Aug. 7.