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Pulaski County High School track champion faces felony charge
Sydney Anderson’s lawyer said the unlawful wounding charge could be settled quickly.
Friday, March 1, 2013
A Pulaski County High School state track champion has been charged with felony unlawful wounding after a teenager was injured at a party in December.
The charge against Sydney Anderson, 18, of Dublin was certified to Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday. The case will go before a grand jury on May 28, according to online records.
According to Anderson's court file, a 17-year-old girl was injured on Dec. 15. The Roanoke Times is not naming the girl because she is a minor.
Jimmy Turk, Anderson's lawyer, said Thursday that Anderson was at a party in Dublin when she got into an altercation with the 17-year-old girl over a boy. Because her "emotions overtook her good, sound judgment," she hit the girl, Turk said.
Turk said the victim has testified that her right eye was red and blurry after the incident, requiring about six visits to a doctor.
An arrest warrant for Anderson was executed on Dec. 17, and Anderson was later released on a $5,000 secured bond, according to the court file.
"She's very sorry for what happened and knows what she did was wrong," Turk said.
According to the court file, there was reason to believe that the victim's injury could be severe and permanent. Turk said Thursday that the victim has testified that she does not appear to have any permanent damage.
"It's certainly a case I hope can be resolved by an agreement and short of a felony charge," Turk said.
County Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Fleenor could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Earlier this month, Anderson led Pulaski County High to the girls Region IV indoor track championship where she won five events - the 55- and 300-meter dashes, and the long, triple and high jumps.
Anderson's track coach, Jamie McCarty, could not be immediately reached Thursday.
"Hopefully both of these girls will have a very bright future once we get this behind them," Turk said.
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