The Dillsburg woman convicted of vehicular homicide in the 2008 death of Northern York County Regional Police Officer David Tome was released from York County Prison on Thursday, a prison official confirmed.
Joanna Seibert, 41, had been locked up since May 9, 2011. She was sentenced to 364 days in prison, followed by six years of probation.
Chief deputy prosecutor Tim Barker previously said that after Seibert served her minimum sentence, it would be up to state probation officers to determine her release date, because the sentencing judge gave Seibert a state sentence but ordered she serve it in county prison.
Seibert fatally struck Tome, 31, the morning of Oct.
She was going 69 mph in a 55 mph zone, applying makeup and using her cell phone when she failed to notice orange traffic cones closing the right southbound lane of Route 15, according to Barker.
Her Saturn VUE hit several cones, then struck Tome. Barker said Seibert didn't swerve or hit her brakes until after striking Tome. Seibert maintains she looked away from the road because she had something in her eye.
After the crash, she erased the user history on her iPhone, leaving investigators unable to say what she was doing on her phone, Barker said.
In October 2010, a jury found Seibert guilty of homicide by vehicle and evidence-tampering in Tome's death.
Defense attorney Edward Spreha Jr. said Seibert ended up serving extra months while state probation/parole officials went through their procedures, including formulating a release plan, interviewing Seibert and having the state parole board vote on her release.
"In the state prison system, a year doesn't necessarily mean a year," he said. "In the state system, they parole you when they get to you."
Spreha said he'd hoped Seibert would be reunited with her children earlier, but said she's happy she's served her debt to society and wants to move on with her life.