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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Woman takes plea in vandalism case

A Town of Newburgh woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Orange County Court to vandalizing a house that’s at the center of a family feud.

As her trial was ready to start, Donna D’Addio, 47, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief, a felony. She was arrested last year after Nisar Ahmed complained to town police that D’Addio carved “Get Out Muslim Bastard” on his house.

D’Addio was originally charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime. But as part of a plea bargain, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of criminal mischief. Her lawyer, Ray Sprowls, said last week that D’Addio has had a long-running dispute with Ahmed, who was once married to D’Addio’s mother.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors said they’ll ask Judge Jeffrey G. Berry on May 22 to sentence D’Addio to six months in Orange County Jail and five years’ probation. She could have faced a maximum of 1¤ to four years in state prison. [Link]

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