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The racially motivated fight occurred last December and involved about 20 people.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A woman who last year participated in a Franklin County parking lot brawl that involved about 20 people will serve 90 days in jail.
Brittany Alexander Smith, 22, originally was charged with malicious wounding but pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of assault.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Deatherage said that on the night of Dec. 7, Smith kicked and stomped on a man who was already on the ground outside Ernesto’s Mexican Grill in Ferrum.
The attack, Deatherage told Judge Joseph Canada, occurred during a dust-up between patrons and a smaller number of Ferrum College students that he said was the result of a race-related argument that had happened earlier inside the restaurant.
“It sounds like this is New York City instead of Franklin County,” Canada said.
“Whatever role I played in it, I apologize,” Smith told him. Her lawyer told the judge that Smith had been a nursing student at Patrick Henry Community College, but said her felony conviction would now prevent her from going into that kind of work. She is already serving a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty in July to an unrelated misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.
Deatherage said a student named Thomas George was hit in the head with a stick and suffered significant head trauma that required him to spend several days in the hospital.
Another suspect, Travis Jerrad Turnage, will face a related charge of malicious wounding at a Sept. 26 hearing.
Deatherage said Wednesday that Ernesto’s Mexican Grill has since closed its doors.
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