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Italian gets 3 years in US jogger hit-and-run case

8:49 AM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
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ROME -- A court has sentenced an Italian man to more than three years in prison for the hit-and-run death of an American woman, killed last year as she jogged along a Tuscan highway.

The body of Allison Owens, a 23-year-old tour guide from Columbus, Ohio, was found in a canal days after she was hit Oct. 2 near San Giovanni Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo.

Pietro Stefanoni was convicted Wednesday of manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crime, and given the 38-month sentence by the Arezzo court, according to Valentino Durante, who represents Owens' family.

Stefanoni's lawyer Francesco Maresca said Thursday the sentence was excessive, given that the 53-year-old didn't initially know he had hit Owens. He plans to appeal.

Maresca has said Stefanoni fell asleep at the wheel after taking part in a long cycling race.

The Associated Press

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