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Family who originally OK'd leniency for killer texter talk about pain, betrayal

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PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A teen who was driving and texting when she struck the vehicle of another driver and killed her was in court Thursday after the teen violated her probation.

Originally the judge was lenient and gave 17-year-old Rachel Gannon only two days of jail time and five years probation for causing the fatal wreck that killed 72-year-old Loretta Larimer. But over the summer Gannon violated her probation by drinking, quitting her job and moving out of her parents' home.

She was given one year in jail for not following the conditions of her probation.

Thursday she appeared at the Platte County Courthouse for sentencing on the felony charge against her. She could face up to four more years in jail.

Larimer's daughter read a statement in court and said it's hard on her family to talk about their loss.

"How important she was to us and how it really changes a person when you lose someone that was everything, you know your foundation. I hope it makes a difference because it's very difficult to come back here every time and then you wonder if it's making an impact on the other person - if something good is going to come of it," Paula Larimer said.

The judge did not make a decision Thursday on Gannon's sentence. Instead the case was continued for May 30.

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