Aimee Michael was sentenced to 36 years in prison for causing a horrific crash that claimed the lives of 5 people including 3 children.

Prosecutor Tanya Miller revealed Friday what the judge had kept from the jurors at trial: Police found a weed joint in the ashtray of the BMW and it had Aimee Michael’s DNA on it.

Her mother, Shiela, previously pleaded guilty to helping her daughter cover up the crime and hindering her apprehension. She will serve 8 years behind bars. Both women will serve their time in the same prison.

The 24-year-old woman who fled the scene after causing a crash that killed five people on Easter 2009 will be pushing 60 when she gets out of prison.

During a tearful hearing Friday where many invoked God to explain the tragedy, Aimee Michael was given a 50-year sentence. A judge ordered her to to serve 36 years in prison with the rest on probation.

In a rare show of emotion, Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, her voice wavering and her eyes filling with tears, said she believed that the children became angels at the moment of death. A former prosecutor, she said this case was the hardest she’d ever dealt with.

I wonder if they shed any tears for the lives that were lost — not just theirs.