Jury sentences Nestande to 10 years probation

Jury sentences Nestande to 10 years probation

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    Jury finds Gabrielle Nestande guilty

    Thursday, February 21 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-02-22 02:37:04 GMT
    On Wednesday a jury found Gabrielle Nestande guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the 2011 death of Courtney Griffin.
    On Wednesday a jury found Gabrielle Nestande guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the 2011 death of Courtney Griffin.

On Friday a sentenced Gabrielle Nestande to 10 years probation for criminally negligent homicide in the death of Courtney Griffin.

On Thursday the jury decided that she was responsible for hitting and killing Griffin with her car in May of 2011.

Because they ruled that Nestande used her car as a deadly weapon, the charge was enhanced to a third degree felony. That charge could have carried a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Gasps were heard in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Members of Courtney Griffin's family ran out of the room in tears.

"We're heart-broken, my heart's broken," said Laurie Griffin, Courtney Griffin's mother. "There's a huge void. It's gonna be hard. Now we're really going to fight for the legislation that we started so that no other family will have to go through what we've been through and that people will have the decency to stay for someone when they hit them."

During the closing arguments defense attorneys for Nestande argued that probation was an appropriate punishment.

"We put people in prison that we're scared of, not that we're mad at," defense attorney Perry Minton told jurors.

Prosecutors encouraged jurors to send a message to the community by sentencing Nestande to prison.

"Is that the message you want to send go out drink drive leave, no evidence, leave?" asked prosecutor Mary Farrington. "Let this family know Courtney's life has meaning."

Nestande will return to court on March 25 for the judge to set the conditions for her probation.

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