[UPDATE] Easter Crash Cover Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 11-4 11:45am --

ATLANTA (AP) --

A Georgia woman was sentenced to 36 years in
prison for causing a collision that killed five people on Easter
Sunday 2009.

The woman, 24-year-old Aimee Michael, also was sentenced on
Thursday to 14 years probation. Prosecutors had sought 50 years
prison time, while the defense has asked for 10 years.

Michael was convicted Monday of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run
and tampering with evidence by hiring a mechanic to fix her BMW
after she triggered the chain-reaction wreck. The jury also found
Michael guilty of causing a serious injury by vehicle and
misdemeanor traffic violations.

Michael apologized to the families involved before her
sentencing.

Her mother, 52-year-old former school teacher Sheila Michael,
was sentenced to eight years in prison for her role in the
cover-up.

Defense lawyers say they'll appeal.

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[UPDATE] 11-4 10:40am --

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia woman is set to be sentenced after she
was convicted of causing a collision that killed five people on
Easter Sunday 2009.

Aimee Michael could face decades in prison when she is sentenced
Thursday, November 4.

The 24-year-old was convicted Monday of vehicular homicide,
hit-and-run and tampering with evidence by hiring a mechanic to fix
her BMW after she triggered the chain-reaction wreck. The jury also
found Michael guilty of causing a serious injury by vehicle and
several misdemeanor traffic violations.

Her mother, 52-year-old former school teacher Sheila Michael,
also faces prison time for her role in the cover-up. She pleaded
guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence and hindering the
apprehension of a criminal.

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ATLANTA (AP) With the 22-year-old suspect jailed without bond
in an Easter Sunday wreck that killed five people, investigators
are examining whether her family members could be charged with
concealing a crime.

Fulton County Police say the BMW involved was repaired during
the two weeks between the wreck and the time the car was located in
a suburban Atlanta neighborhood.

In a statement released Friday, District Attorney Paul Howard
said his office is "investigating all of the facts and
circumstances surrounding this incident, including, but not limited
to, any alleged concealment of the crime.

Aimee Michael was charged yesterday with five counts of homicide
by vehicle, failure to maintain lane and hit and run.


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