MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While Amy Senser spent her first full day behind bars, her step-daughter Brittani Senser appeared on national TV and released a new single.
The wife of former Viking Joe Senser was sentenced on Monday to 41 months in prison. She will have to serve at least two-thirds of that sentence behind bars.
Amy Senser was found guilty of hitting and killing Anousone Phanthavong in her car last August and then fleeing the scene.
Amy Senser is now being held at the Shakopee Women’s Prison. As part of the prison rules, she will be allowed visitors, and her two teenage daughters can visit for an extended period of time.
Her daughters were not in the courtroom when Amy Senser gave a tearful apology on Monday, but her stepdaughter Brittani Senser — who served as a key witness for the prosecution — was present.
On Tuesday morning, she appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to talk about the case.
In response to host Robin Roberts’ questions regarding the judge’s statement about not buying Amy Senser’s story, but believing in her remorse, Brittani Senser responded, “I believe she is remorseful, yes. Absolutely. But, I kind of agree with the judge that it’s hard to believe that you didn’t know you hit something. I don’t know if she knew right away that she had hit a person, but it’s hard from the evidence shown to believe that she didn’t know that she hit something.”
Still, Brittani Senser said she was “sad” over the sentencing.
“Obviously, it’s been a heartbreaking thing for both families, especially for the Phanthavongs,” she said.
Also on Tuesday, Brittani Senser released her new single “Straight-Jacket.” The dance song is available for download on Amazon.
Roberts addressed the defense’s insinuation that Brittani Senser came forward as a witness in order to further her career.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Brittani Senser. “I’ve spent a lot of time just hiding, working on music behind the scenes. I’ve had plenty of opportunity to ‘capitalize,’ as they said I was doing. (Out of) respect for the Phanthavongs and respect for my family and the judicial system, I didn’t think that it was right to come out at all.”
Brittani Senser said her relationship with her family has been “strenuous” during the course of the trial.