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Ballowe apologizes, sentenced to year in jail

Posted at 10:08 AM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 19:25:35-05

The woman behind a deadly hit-and-run in Evans will wake up behind bars Wednesday morning on the three year anniversary of the victim's death.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns sentenced Gabriele Ballowe, 51, to one year in jail in connection with the 2013 death of Barry Moss. She will begin serving her sentence immediately.

Ballowe pleaded guilty earlier this year to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in serious physical injury.

Ballowe's attorney Thomas Eoannou spoke in court Tuesday morning, saying Moss was barely hit and Ballowe could not have known she hit a person.

Ballowe followed Eoannou saying, "I believe I came into contact with something, I should have stopped. My thoughts and prayers go to the family."

Ballowe was driving on Route 5 on December 22, 2013 when she hit and killed 52-year-old Barry Moss who was walking or riding his bike home. She was dismissed of her manslaughter charge.

Moss's daughter, Cassandra, also spoke in court. She said justice for her father and her family was delayed because Ballowe would not take responsibility for the hit-and-run. District Attorney Michael Flaherty said Ballowe would not have pleaded guilty if she knew she had a chance of winning a trial.

"Don't fall for story time with Eoannou," said Moss's sister. "I've read everything...I know my brother was struck hard enough to bend the frame."