Woman who hit and killed St. Francis DeSales teacher asks for early release

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) – The woman convicted of hitting and killing a St. Francis DeSales High School teacher was in front of a judge Friday asking for early release.

On December 15, 2013, Bob Lennon was riding his bike along Miller Paul Road in Delaware County when he was struck by a car driven by Mary ‘Katy’ Paul. After the crash, Paul fled the scene.

Lennon was left on the side of the road until someone found him a short time later. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two months later, Paul pleaded guilty to one count of failure to stop after an accident and one count of involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Paul’s motion for judicial release argues that through a “Grief and Loss” group while in prison, Paul has gained further understanding of what the Lennon family has gone through. The motion also cites Paul’s health as a factor. She suffers from diabetes, had her lower left leg amputated, and underwent cataract surgery in 2011 and 2012.

Lawyers say Paul’s health has worsened since serving prison time. They say she has been found unconscious from low blood sugar several times and has suffered from upper respiratory infections and pneumonia.

Paul’s lawyers say that if released, she intends to continue to pursue nursing while living with her parents.

The Delaware County Prosecutor’s office argues that Paul should not be granted judicial release. Prosecutors point to the fact that she did not stop and check on Lennon before driving off and that she hid her car and attempted to get rid of evidence after the case garnered media attention.

A hearing was held Friday before Judge Krueger. No ruling was issued.

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