The 23-year-old cheerleading coach who left the scene of a 2014 Boynton Beach crash that killed a 15-year-old will spend a year in jail and the next 10 years on probation, a judge has ruled.
The sentencing for Amanda Dahl Friday comes more than a months after she pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death for the crash that killed 15-year-old Khiar Raymond.
In sentencing Dahl to 364 days in jail, Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer went below the four-year minimum recommended sentence under state sentencing guidelines. The judge read from a sentencing memo for about 10 minutes Friday before pronouncing the sentence.
As part of the sentence, Dahl can apply to end her 10-year probation early after eight years, but on the anniversary of the crash each year she is on probation, Dahl will have to record and post a YouTube video from the scene of the crash speaking out against leaving the scene of crashes.
During the first part of Dahl’s sentencing hearing July 18, Raymond’s relatives and friends made tearful pleas to Feuer, asking her to give Dahl the maximum sentence possible as they lamented the loss of the 15-year-old who had already become a proficient chef and the pride of his close-knit family
But at one point in the hearing, Dahl’s attorney, John Cleary, chided Raymond’s aunt, who compared Dahl to the terrorist who recently killed dozens in Nice, France.
Cleary said, and Assistant State Attorney Judith Arco agreed, that Dahl wasn’t at fault for the crash itself and would have faced no criminal charges had she simply stayed on the scene.
Instead, however, she drove her 2002 Mercedes to a nearby fire station, returned to the scene posing as a passerby and scaled a fence to get back to her car and escape unnoticed.
Dahl has been in jail since July while Feuer contemplated her sentence.