SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- Amy Senser is now a ward of the state known not by her name, but by her number.
She is inmate 238360, Shakopee Women's Correctional Facility.
"Every offender that comes in is treated the exact same way," Warden Tracy Beltz said of the newest inmate on Monday.
Senser was processed into the system and sent for mental and physical evaluations.
Come later this week, she will be working her prison job in the kitchen or as a janitor.
It is the bitter end to a nearly year long ordeal both for Amy Senser and for the family of the man she killed, Anousone Phanthavong.
"It was very emotional for both sides; it was hard to see her go through that pain too," Kono Phanthavong, Anousone's brother said after sentencing on Monday.
Amy Senser arrived at the Hennepin County Courthouse Monday morning to learn her fate.
It was to be as all expected, prison time of almost 3 and a half years. But it was also her time to do what her attorney said she has always wanted to do, she faced Anousone's family in court and while fighting to keep her composure said to them, "I hope you can believe me that I never saw your son that night. And if I had I would have stopped to help him. I take full responsibility for his death."
"I wish I could go back to that night and change things. I don't know why, I don't know why our fates have come together but if you let me I will do whatever I can to honor his name," Senser said.
"I feel that you know, Amy Senser's remorse was real today and it finally touched us and we finally felt a little closure today," Kono Phanthavong said in response to Senser's apology.
The Phanthavongs said too they forgive Amy Senser and that Anousone would have forgiven her as well.
Senser's attorney, Eric Nelson, said she had tattooed Anousone's name to her wrist. Nelson said Amy doesn't want to forget what she's done.
"She carries a very heavy burden; she describes it as being responsible for his soul," Nelson said.
Over the next few days, Senser will have to acclimate to prison life. She will not choose when to rise, or when to rest or even when her family gets to see her.
After an application is filled out and a background check is done, the Senser's can come to see Amy a couple of times a week but with boundaries. They can hug once when they meet and once when they part. Other than that no touching. Another harsh reality for inmate number 238360.
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