CROWN POINT — A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony battery for striking her former roommate with her vehicle last year in Gary.
Trinita B. Williams will serve two years in prison for battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony. She admitted Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court she struck Bianca Mance with her vehicle after an argument Aug. 13, 2017, in the 4700 block of East Tenth Avenue in Gary.
A previous plea agreement, which would guarantee Williams served 12 months in prison followed by 18 months in Lake County Community Corrections, was rejected by Judge Salvador Vasquez in June after Williams was denied entry into the work-release program.
Mance, 29, said after the plea hearing she wanted Williams to serve more prison time. The Lake County prosecutor's office will dismiss remaining charges of attempted murder, two counts of felony battery and leaving the scene of an accident under the terms of the plea agreement.
Mance said she knew Williams for three or four years before the attack. She said they were supposed to be best friends, but they got into a fight while living together. Mance said she suffered partial hearing and vision loss due to the battery. She also lost her front teeth and suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.
“You don't know how to love people who loved you,” she said about Williams.
Williams will be required to sign an order prohibiting contact with Mance as part of the plea agreement.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.