Ellzey Sentenced to 10 Years Behind Bars

A woman found guilty of a fatal hit and run finds out her fate Friday.

Juliana Ellzey hit and killed 26-year-old Allison Simms in January 2012 and will now spend the next decade behind bars.

Last month jurors found Ellzey guilty of leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving a death.

Judge Fensom sentenced Ellzey to 10 years in jail and 10 years probation.

During her time, she must write 520 letters to local high school students about what happened, and why you shouldn't drink and drive.

Additionally, she must give 10 speeches educating against drinking and driving, and during the first year of her probation will take 3 random urine analysis tests a month.

During the sentencing, Ellzey's employer and father spoke on her behalf before she said a few words, turning tearfully to Simms' friends and apologizing.

"I think now that she realizes that she's going to jail, then it's genuine, now, but if she wasn't going to jail she would have never turned around and apologized," said Amanda Childs, Simms' best friend. "We've been in court for a week whenever it was on trial and we got nothing from the family but evil stares. No one ever tried to apologize. No one ever tried to do anything just seemed very cold hearted."

Fensom said should the DMV decide to allow Ellzey to get her license once she's released from jail, she will only be allowed to drive during the daytime.

However this may not be the end of the road for Ellzey's case. Defense attorney Bill Price says he's already making plans to put in an appeal.

"We're confident the appeal will reverse the verdict and I am certain the Juliana will have a new trial."

Ellzey faced between two and 30 years in prison.


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