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Woman charged in Laconia accident that killed teenage girl pleads guilty


LACONIA — A woman charged in a collision that killed a teenage girl and severely wounded another at a Laconia crosswalk in April 2013 is scheduled for sentencing next week after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

 

 

Amy Lafond, 53, of 10 River St., Laconia, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of negligent homicide, second-degree assault, possession of a narcotic and illegal possession of a prescription drug, according to the Belknap Superior Court clerk’s office.

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In return for the guilty plea, the state dropped the more serious charge of manslaughter.

Sentencing is scheduled May 29 at 10 a.m.Lafond could face a sentence from 6½ to 14 years.

 

 

Lafond was driving a Jeep Cherokee on April 29, 2013 around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Messer and Opechee streets, where Lilyanna “Lily” Johnson and Alyssa Miner, two 14-year-olds, were on the sidewalk shortly after leaving Laconia Middle School.

 

 

Both girls were hit by Lafond’s vehicle after it drove up onto the raised sidewalk.

 

Miner suffered injuries that included a bruised lung and lacerated spleen.
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Johnson later died from her injuries.
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