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