Amber Perera: Florida woman gets 50-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Posted at 11:08 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 11:08:42-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A judge in Florida sentenced a 31-year-old woman to 50 years in prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a family of three.

Before handing down the sentence on Tuesday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella referenced a jail cell call recorded after Amber Perera's arrest in which she told a family member her life was ruined.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Sabella told Perera she also ruined a lot of other lives and ended three others.

The 2017 crash in Tampa killed 29-year-old Rita Felipak, 41-year-old Luiz Felipak and their 8-year-old daughter Giorgia.

Prosecutors asked for a life sentence during an emotional sentencing hearing on Friday. Perera's attorney asked for 20 years following by probation.

The judge said he needed the weekend to mull over what he'd heard.