A Georgia woman has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for causing a fiery crash that killed five people on Easter Sunday 2009, then trying to cover up her involvement.

Aimee Michael also was sentenced Thursday to 14 years probation. She was convicted Monday of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and tampering with evidence by hiring a mechanic to fix her BMW after she triggered the chain-reaction wreck.

The jury also found Michael guilty of causing a serious injury by vehicle and misdemeanor traffic violations.

Michael apologized to the families involved before her sentencing.

Her mother, 52-year-old former school teacher Sheila Michael, was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping with the cover-up.

Defense attorneys say they'll appeal.