Woman convicted in 2004 death of CIHS senior sentenced to 5 years in prison for 2016 felony DWI

A woman convicted of killing a Cambridge-Isanti High School senior in March 2004 while driving under the influence of methamphetamine and amphetamines has been sentenced to five years in prison for a 2016 felony first-degree DWI.

Amy Kae Francen

Amy Kae Francen, 43, who currently has an Isanti address, was charged before Isanti County Judge James Dehn July 1, 2016, in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony first-degree DWI with a previous substance-related criminal vehicular homicide felony conviction, and felony first-degree DWI with a previous felony DWI conviction.

On Dec. 7, 2016, Francen pleaded guilty to the first charge and as a result the second charge was dismissed.

On June 8, 2017, Isanti County Judge Amy Brosnahan sentenced Francen to five years in prison at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, with credit for 346 days served. Following her release from prison, Francen will be on supervised conditional release for five years.

Francen was sentenced in Isanti County in February 2006 with felony criminal vehicular homicide while operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances in the March 2004 death of Cambridge-Isanti High School senior Amy Jo Monette. Monette and two of her friends were on their way to the Twin Cities to shop for prom dresses when Francen’s vehicle veered into Monette’s lane and sent both vehicles crashing into the median on Highway 65, just south of County Road 19. Francen was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for the conviction.

According to court records, Francen was sentenced to 30 days in the Anoka County Jail in May 2012 for felony DWI and was ordered on supervised probation for seven years. She also was convicted of gross misdemeanor driving with a canceled license in Isanti County in August 2015.

Isanti County Attorney Jeff Edblad said Francen has continued to be a public safety risk since her criminal vehicular homicide conviction in 2006.

“Amy Francen has continued to be one of the biggest public safety risks we have on Isanti County roads,” Edblad said. “Since she was sent to prison in 2006 for killing one high school girl and injuring two others, she has continued to commit felony level driving convictions.”

According to the criminal complaint, in Isanti County on May 3, 2016, the State Patrol received a driving complaint that Francen’s vehicle was weaving from one side of the road to the other. Francen eventually drove her car into a ditch and was detained by a state trooper. After a search warrant was obtained, the state trooper drove Francen to Cambridge Medical Center and a blood draw was taken. The analysis from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed the presence of amphetamines and methamphetamines in her system at the time of the incident.