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House arrest revoked for hit-and-run driver

Sentencing delayed until Aug. 19
Posted at 6:05 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 04:53:12-04

A judge Monday delayed the sentencing of a former cheerleading coach charged in a fatal 2014 hit-and-run crash.

Amanda Dahl admitted to hitting and killing 15-year-old Khiar Raymond in Boynton Beach.

The teen's grandmother spoke in court Monday about the loss of her grandson.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t cry,” Dr. Sandra Raymond-Roberts told the judge.

She said he would call her nearly every day to check on her.

Raymond-Roberts went on to say Khiar was given a “death sentence” and the Raymond family was given “a life sentence,” so she urged the judge for the appropriate sentence to bring justice to the family.

“This year especially is going to be hard because this would have been my son’s senior year. He will not attend prom, he will not graduate. But we’re trying to make it,” said Aja Raymond, Khiar’s mother.

She said the last 18 months have been “agonizing.” She told the judge she struggles to get out of bed knowing her first son, the 15-year-old who loved baseball and cooking, is no longer alive.

After the court proceedings, she told NewsChannel 5 she is satisfied with the judge’s decision to reflect on the testimony and not “make a rash decision.”

Family members of Dahl also spoke to the judge.

Her mother, Tisha Olszewski, described Dahl as “wonderful, loving and sweet.” She said Dahl is one semester shy of graduating from FAU.

Her step father, Michael Olszewski, told the judge Dahl “is not a criminal” and he doesn’t think she deserves to spend time in jail.

Even Dahl told the judge she “wishes she could take it all back.”

The judge is expected to announce her decision on the sentence Aug. 19.
 

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