Clemson grad student gets 3-year sentence for killing man

Astrid Muller (Photo: WYFF)
Astrid Muller (Photo: WYFF)

GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - A 28-year-old Clemson grad student who hit and killed a man and then hid her damaged vehicle to avoid arrest was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.

Troopers said Astrid Muller was speeding and swerving in and out of traffic on Highway 123 when she hit James "Jimmy" Grisham, 49, who was riding a moped on his way home from Fall for Greenville at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2010.

Muller did not stop, and then hid her severely damaged vehicle from investigators to avoid arrest, according to the solicitor.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne said two days later, a tip led them to Muller, who was arrested and charged with reckless homicide and hit-and-run resulting in death.

Muller was convicted on Nov. 8.  Judge Larry Hyman sentenced her to six years in prison, suspended to three years.

She will be eligible for parole after she serves 85 percent of the sentence.

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