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Baumia sentenced in 11-year-old's death

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After several hours of testimony Tuesday, the jury that took three hours to find Angela Baumia guilty of murder in the death of 11-year-old Dylan Geitgey returned with a recommended sentence after deliberating almost two hours on Tuesday. 

The five women and seven men recommended Baumia serve 35 years for the murder charge, four years for wanton endangerment, and two years for criminal mischief. 

All sentences are to be served concurrently, and Baumia will get credit for time already served.

Baumia testified briefly about her history of drinking.  She has been to Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center.  She got sober twice, but on Mar. 9, 2010 started drinking when her mother died.

"Just was easier to deal with the pain," said Baumia.

Baumia did not apologize on the stand, however, had done so before the trial to the Geitgey family.

"She did at one point apologize," said Dylan's father Bobby Geitgey. "I don't think that we were really concerned about that, we were just concerned about the case itself and getting justice for our son."

He said he thinks there was justice. 

"She needs help and I hope she gets it," said Dylan's mother Amy Geitgey.

The jury returned its guilty verdict around 4:30 p.m. April 18, finding Baumia guilty of murder, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle while under the influence. They found her not guilty of tampering with physical evidence.

Baumia, who was previously convicted of DUI in 2004, had been drinking when she was driving a Ford Escort when she hit Dylan as he rode his bike with friends on Shenandoah Drive in the Fincastle neighborhood on the night of June 26, 2010.

He died from his injuries the following day.

During her trial, Baumia admitted she had been drinking at a party earlier in the day and that she had an open bottle of beer with her in the car.

Baumia's attorney's Elgin Crull, suggested that Dylan may have pulled in front of Baumia's car just before he was hit, and hinted that he might appeal.

Prosecutor Leland Hulbert argued that Baumia hit Dylan because she was drunk and driving over the speed limit.

Although Baumia has a right to a separate sentencing proceeding in which probation and parole would prepare a pre-sentence investigative report for review by attorneys and the judge, but she agreed to waive that right and have her sentence imposed on Tuesday.

The case will, however, got to the Kentucky Supreme Court as does any case where the sentence is more than 20 years.

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