Texas woman gets suspended sentence in hit-and-run

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas Capitol staffer has received a suspended sentence a day after being convicted of a 2011 hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead.

A jury Friday recommended Gabrielle Nestande (nes-TAND'-ee) receive a suspended 10-year sentence and be issued a $10,000 fine. The Travis County jury convicted the 25-year-old Nestande on Thursday of criminally negligent homicide.

The Austin woman worked for state Rep. Wayne Christian of Center at the time of the May 2011 accident that killed 30-year-old Courtney Griffin.

Griffin's body was discovered in a driveway. Officers located a nearby car with a broken windshield. The vehicle was traced to Nestande.

Judge Karen Sage has ordered a pre-sentencing review, and the final terms of Nestande's punishment will be determined at a hearing March 25.

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