LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Alexis Spears - email
A Lufkin woman has pleaded guilty to hitting a mentally disabled woman and leaving the scene.
Mahala Michelle Ellis, 19, accepted a 30-day jail sentence. She will also be under probation for 10 years and is ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution to the victim. She must also write a letter of apology to the victim within 30 days.
According to a previous report, Ellis hit Michelle Thorndyke, of Lufkin, who had walked to the Okay Food Store in June on East Denman Avenue to buy a drink. She was on the way home when Ellis hit her with a Ford Escort.
Thorndyke's sister was at the courtroom hearing.
"My sister was the one hurt and left to die in a ditch," Ruby Martinez said. "I understand that victims and criminals both have rights, but to me, it seems like the criminals get more rights than the victim, and I just think that's wrong."
Martinez said her sister is now afraid to be out of her sight, but her condition has improved over the past year.