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The Dublin woman originally faced a felony charge in connection with a fight at a December party.
Friday, July 12, 2013
PULASKI – A recent Pulaski County High School graduate and state track champion was sentenced to a weekend in jail today after she pleaded guilty to assault and battery.
Sydney Anderson, 18, of Dublin, was originally charged with felony unlawful wounding in relation to an altercation with another teenager at a party last year, but county Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said the charge was amended to a misdemeanor after discussions with the victim and her parents.
According to Anderson’s court file, a 17-year-old girl was injured Dec. 15. The Roanoke Times is not naming the girl because she was a minor at the time of the incident.
Jimmy Turk, Anderson’s lawyer, has said that Anderson was at a party in Dublin when she got into an altercation with the 17-year-old girl over a boy. Because her “emotions overtook her good, sound judgment,” she hit the girl, Turk said.
Turk said the victim has testified that her right eye was red and blurry after the incident, requiring about six visits to a doctor.
An arrest warrant for Anderson was executed on Dec. 17, and Anderson was later released on a $5,000 secured bond, according to the court file.
“She’s very sorry for what happened and knows what she did was wrong,” Turk has said.
According to the court file, there was reason to believe that the victim’s injury could be severe and permanent. Turk has said the victim has testified that she does not appear to have any permanent damage.
The victim and her parents attended today’s hearing, and Fleenor said after the plea that the girl is doing fine.
Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long accepted the plea agreement, sentencing Anderson to the weekend in jail, 100 hours of community service to be completed within one year and probation with community corrections for 12 months.
Anderson, who did not speak during the hearing, also wrote a letter of apology to the victim as part of the plea agreement and will have no contact with the girl or her family. Anderson will also be responsible for any unpaid medical bills or deductibles paid by the victim’s family.
Anderson, an Indiana University recruit, recently placed third in the VHSL Group AA outdoor championships in the high jump and seventh in the 400 meters.
She won the Group AA indoor high jump championship in February, and in 2012, won the Group AA outdoor high jump and placed second in the Group AA indoor high jump.
According to the written plea agreement, Anderson’s probation monitoring will continue when she moves to Indiana and will be done via telephone or through other means worked out by the probation officer.
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