NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 56-year-old Nacogdoches woman accepted a plea bargain deal of two years of probation on Thursday for her part in a November 2013 incident in which she and two other women pulled a woman's hair and then threw her to the ground before hitting, kicking, and stomping her.
Andrew Jones, a prosecutor with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, said that as part of the deal, Donna Belyeu Samford pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor assault charge. In addition to serving probation, she will also be required to pay a $1,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service, and attend anger management classes.
Samford will also be subject to drug and alcohol evaluation and random drug testing. In addition, she will be required to complete the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Program, Jones said.
Originally, Samford was charged with injury to a disabled person, which is a third-degree felony. However, Jones said they received evidence that the victim did not meet the requirements of a disabled person, according to the penal code.
According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged assault occurred on Wednesday. Deputies responded to a report of an assault at the residence of a disabled woman. The investigation revealed that the Samford, Destiny Belly, and another suspect came to the residence and started cursing and assaulting the woman's grandson.
The victim, who was asleep at the time, woke up to the noise and commotion at approximately 2 a.m., went outside, and told the suspects to leave.
At that point, the suspects allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair and shoved her to the ground. They also dragged her, kicked her, and beat her on several parts of her body, the affidavit stated. The victim was also kicked in the back and stomped on her leg and foot, "which caused serious damage to an already crippled foot."
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a previous East Texas News story that the third person involved in the assault was a juvenile.
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