CLEBURNE, Texas – A woman who led police on a high-speed chase ending in a crash that killed her infant daughter was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison.
Aimee Andrea Fisher-Riza, 37, of Keene, faced up to life in prison after jurors rejected her insanity defense Monday and found her guilty of murder and serious bodily injury to a child.
Jurors decided on 28 years for the murder charge and 20 years on the injury charge, both to be served at the same time. She must serve half of it before being eligible for parole.
Prosecutor Dale Hanna said the punishment was appropriate and sent a message to people who run from the police. Her attorney Bill Mason did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Fisher-Riza drove up to 100 mph in April while fleeing police with her 9-month-old, Alexxus Riza, unrestrained in the front seat. Officers didn't know a child was in the sport utility vehicle.
When the woman crashed into a concrete embankment, her daughter was ejected and killed. Authorities found money stolen from the department store where Fisher-Riza worked in the wreckage.
Mason told jurors that Fisher-Riza believed officers were trying to kill her during the 40-minute chase. He said she did not know her actions were wrong because she was in a manic state of her bipolar disorder.