“was facing six years in prison”
She probably won’t even serve the full year but this does send a message about false accusations.
The College Fix reports:
College student who invented gang rape sentenced to a year in prison
Nikki Yovino was facing six years in prison on charges of falsely reporting she was raped and “tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.”
Thanks to a last-minute plea deal, the former Sacred Heart University student will only face one, and maybe not even that long.
Connecticut Post reports that Yovino agreed to plead guilty to “two counts of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and one count of interfering with police,” all misdemeanors. Notably, the prosecutors and judge in the case are all female:
“We were prepared to go to trial on the original felony charge, but after lengthy discussions with all parties involved and considering all outside factors, this was an appropriate disposition that will hopefully set a precedent about how serious the state takes this conduct,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge.
“The important thing is that the victims are happy with the disposition,” added Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Trudeau. …
Under the plea bargain, Yovino will be sentenced Aug. 23 to three years, suspended after she serves one year in prison and followed by three years’ probation.
“You understand you will be serving one year in jail?” the judge asked her.
“Yes,” Yovino said, nodding.
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