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The American who fled the UK after killing a teenager in Northamptonshire with her car pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a suspended sentence on Thursday. Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest and later disclosure as a spy for US intelligence. In a statement read on her behalf at the Old Bailey, she apologized to Harry Dunn’s family for “tragic accident” that took his life.

Dunn was riding his motorcycle near RAF Croughton in August 2019 when Sacoolas went the wrong way, “American” side – as she told the police after the accident. The 19-year-old died in the hospital.

Sacoolas then claimed diplomatic immunity and fled back to the US, which refused to extradite her, saying details of her work on the internet could not be released. “National security” base.

Dame Parmjit Kaur Cheema-Grubb, presiding over the trial, said what Sacoolas did was “Not far from intentionally dangerous driving” but instead accepted her plea for a lesser charge of careless driving, saying the Americans showed “Real regrets.” Sacoolas was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for one year and will lose his driving privileges during that time.

Sacoolas, 45, watched the hearing via video link, as the US government would not risk her returning to the UK. Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, describes this as “contemptible,” add her already “absolutely disgusted” with US actions, according to the BBC.

Charles said her son’s death haunted her “every minute of every day,” but her quest for justice now is “good and really complete” with judgment.

Harry, we made it. We are good, we are good.

According to Crown Prosecution Service, Sacoolas was driving out of RAF Croughton on August 27, 2019 and drove about 350 meters on the left side of the road before hitting Dunn’s motorcycle head-on. Dunn is driving on the left, like in England.

Sacoolas told the police she was on “American side” on the street, and told a witness to the scene, “It’s all my fault. I’ve gone the wrong way. I’ve only been here a few weeks.”

When the witness came to Dunn, he told her, “Don’t let me die.”

RAF Croughton hosts a large US communications base serving troops in Europe and the Middle East. The American administrative and technical staff who work there don’t have diplomatic immunity, but Sacoolas insists she has it – and fled the country before her arrest. Interpol issued a ‘Red Notice’ regarding her arrest in May 2020confirmed that she was in fact ineligible as a diplomat.

US refuses to extradite Sacoolas, final explains that not only does her husband work for the CIA, but so does she. During her February 2021 trial in the civil case brought by Dunn’s parents, her lawyer said Sacoolas worked for US intelligence and left the UK due to “security issues.” In July 2021, the US government sought to sealing records in case. Dunn’s parents settled their lawsuit two months later, for an undisclosed amount.

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