posted on October 16, 2013 16:14
A Batavia woman with a long list of misdemeanor charges to her name was sentenced to five and a half years in state prison today.
Latoya Jackson, 28, got into a fight with two people on Liberty Street in August – one of which was her 16-year-old cousin – and injured them with a knife.
She agreed to a plea deal in mid-September on an Alford basis where she pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second-degree assault. An Alford plea means she doesn’t admit to the crime, but that a jury would find her guilty. The sentences for five and half years per count will run concurrently. They were her first felony convictions. Her sentence also calls for $250 in restitution.
The victim spoke at Jackson’s sentencing in County Court this afternoon. She said she has a scar on her face from the incident and that when she explains that her cousin “cut” her, “they look at me like I’m crazy.” She said she used to look up to Jackson, too.
Judge Robert Noonan says she has had many chances to “wake up” and see that her life is going in the wrong direction and these charges warrant prison time.
Some of Jackson’s previous misdemeanor charges include reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and weapon possession.