MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Hennepin County prosecutors have responded to an appeal in the Amy Senser case, arguing that the judge should reject a defense request to throw out her convictions on two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide.

Senser was convicted May 3 in the hit-and-run death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, who was killed last August along Interstate 94 near the Riverside exit.

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Days later, attorneys learned of a note the jury sent to the judge, which said jurors believed Senser hit a vehicle, not a person. Senser’s attorney says there’s not enough evidence to support the jury’s verdict.

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Documents from prosecutors argue that Senser should not be entitled to a new trial because “none of the grounds specified by the rule are applicable to this case.”

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Prosecutors also insisted that the jury’s instructions regarding Senser’s knowledge after striking Phanthavong were “proper and agreed to by defense counsel.”

The document says Senser should not be entitled to a new trial based on “abuses of discretion.”

Senser is the wife of former Viking Joe Senser. She is scheduled to be sentenced July 9.

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