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Track star pleads to reduced charge

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Former Pulaski County High School track star Sydney Anderson pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault under a plea agreement supported by the victim and her family.

As a result of her plea, Anderson was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with two days to serve. The remainder of the sentence was suspended under the condition Anderson perform 100 hours of community service within a year, have no contact with the victim or her family, write a letter of apology to the victim, be placed on probation for 12 months and reimburse the victim for medical bills not covered by insurance.

Defense attorney James Turk Jr. told Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. that Anderson’s letter of apology was delivered to the victim Friday morning.

Anderson was charged with felony unlawful wounding for injuring the eye of a 17-year-old female classmate during a Dec. 15 altercation that occurred at a party off school property. It was initially thought the victim had suffered permanent eye damage, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Friday the victim’s eye has cleared up and there is no permanent damage. He noted the victim’s mother and father played a “significant part” in development of the plea agreement.

In a letter Fleenor sent to Turk, offering Anderson the agreement, the prosecutor stated that the victim and her family weren’t interested in ruining Anderson’s life, but they and he felt there should be some “significant consequences” for Anderson’s actions.

Anderson was allowed to report to New River Valley Regional Jail to serve her sentence on Monday.