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Judge rejects plea deal for woman accused of striking former roommate with vehicle in Gary

Judge rejects plea deal for woman accused of striking former roommate with vehicle in Gary

CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge rejected a plea agreement Tuesday for a Gary woman accused of hitting her former roommate with a car as the woman was walking to church.

Trinita B. Williams pleaded guilty May 8 in Lake Criminal Court to battery resulting in serious bodily injury in a plea agreement with the Lake County prosecutor's office.

Williams, 30, was expected to be sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by 18 months in Lake County Community Corrections under the terms of the plea agreement, but defense attorney Sonya Scott-Dix told Judge Salvador Vasquez on Tuesday that Williams was not accepted into community corrections.

Scott-Dix requested more time to determine why her client was rejected from the program. Vasquez granted the defense attorney's request, but he said he must reject the plea agreement. He said he would reconsider if community corrections officials changed their position.

Vasquez scheduled a new hearing on the matter for July 10.

Williams is accused of striking her former roommate with a red Dodge minivan about 7:50 a.m. Aug. 13 in the 4700 block of E. Tenth Ave. in Gary.

The woman was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, for broken facial bones, a broken bone in her neck and a broken bone in her back.

Williams was charged with attempted murder, three counts of felony battery and leaving the scene of an accident, charges that would be dismissed under the terms of her plea agreement. 

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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