A northern New Jersey woman convicted in a drunken driving crash that claimed the life of a Hunterdon County man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.

Amie Marroccelli of Union Township was convicted of vehicular homicide charges in March by a Somerset County jury. The panel rejected her claims that she wasn't behind the wheel when the crash occurred.

The 41-year-old Marroccelli had told a state trooper at the crash scene and several other people afterward that she had been driving. But during her trial, Marroccelli said she lied about being the driver to protect her husband, who she claimed was driving the car that struck a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Steven Wall of Clinton.

Marroccelli will have to serve nearly six years before she becomes eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday.