Evelyn Geng was standing in line to pay for her gas at a south Minneapolis gas station last summer when a tragic chain of events unfolded, resulting in her death.
As she waited, she held a $50 bill in her hand when suddenly 29-year-old Tyreese Baker snatched the bill from Geng's hand and ran from the store.
Geng gave chase and stood in front of the thieves vehicle demanding her money back. Inside the car was Simone Stillday and another woman. Stillday was in the passengers seat. She yelled at the other woman to "Go, go, go! Run the (expletive deleted) over."
The other woman wouldn't run Geng down so Stillday pushed her way into the driver's seat and ran over the 62-year-old woman.
In court on Tuesday, a Hennepin County prosecutor cited the cruelty of the murder, the fact some young boys witnessed it and several other factors that cried for a maximum 30 year prison sentence.
Stillday wept as she tried to apologize, "sorry for the unfortunate accident. If I wasn't under the influence I wouldn't be here today. I would of made a better choice. It was the biggest mistake of my life."
Stillday's attorney Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks said her client "feels terrible about it." Eichhorn-Hicks added that had his client not been under the influence he's sure she would have never hurt anyone.
But Judge Harry Crump didn't believe either of them and sentenced Stillday to the maximum thirty year prison sentence. Several members of the victim's family were in court but only one, a granddaughter, gave a statement. She was too upset to read it herself, instead having a victim's advocate read it for her.
Several other family members wept as the granddaughter's statement was read. She talked about how Evelyn Geng was the family leader and was one you could always go to for advice. She loved traditional holidays and birthdays and was always having the family over for meals and gifts.
The man who started the tragic chain of events, Tyreese Baker, drew a twelve and a half year prison sentence.
By Bernie Grace, KARE 11 News
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