Joe Senser emotional after hearing on wife's release

5:06 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Hennepin County judge is expected to rule this week whether Amy Senser will be released from prison while her conviction on criminal vehicular homicide charges is appealed.

Arguments were heard on the matter during a hearing inside a Hennepin County courtroom Monday morning.

Judge Daniel Mabley ordered Senser imprisoned while her appeal was heard. The Minnesota Court of Appeals later ruled that Mabley needed to preside over a new hearing on Senser's release and also explain his decision to order her confined, something Mabley did not do during his original ruling.

Amy Senser appeared in court for the 5-minute hearing, wearing glasses and prison-issued clothing.

Following the hearing, Amy Senser's husband Joe Senser stepped before the media assembled in the Hennepin County Courts building to blast Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman for improperly prosecuting his wife.

In a 16-minute written statement he called Freeman a liar and accused him of deliberately manipulating the legal process. Specifically, Senser maintained that Freeman "dehumanized her, and made Amy Senser public enemy number one" before any evidence was brought forward.

Senser also asked the news media to stop referring to him as a former Minnesota Viking, and apologized the the team and owners Ziggy and Mark Wilf.

In July Amy Senser was sentenced to 41 months in prison for the death of Anousone Phanthavong. The Minneapolis chef was struck and killed while filling his car with gas on an I-94 off ramp.


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