Woman Sentenced in Hit-and-Run of Mayoral Aide

Accident left 22-year-old in a coma with severe brain injuries.

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 AM EDT
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A New York City woman has received the maximum sentence for a hit-and-run accident that left a community volunteer in a coma with severe brain injuries.

Frances Jasmin was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison on Monday.

Erinn Phelan, who was 22, was struck as she crossed a Brooklyn street with a friend on Feb. 21, 2010.

Phelan's mother, Mary, raged at Jasmin during the sentencing. She said Jasmin was found guilty, but her daughter was serving a maximum sentence.

Justice Joseph McKay called Jasmin's actions "reprehensible."

Jasmin offered an apology and said she was praying for Phelan.

Prosecutors said Jasmin was drinking before the crash.

Phelan volunteered in a community program run by the Bloomberg administration. She had planned to attend Harvard.

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