OTTAWA — A Utica woman pleaded guilty Monday to striking a disabled man in the head, putting him into a hospital for an extended stay, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Zenaida L. Glass, 46, was scheduled for jury trial but instead entered a guilty plea to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony with a base sentencing range of 2-5 years in prison. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed a more serious count of aggravated domestic battery. With 382 days’ credit for time served, and a shot at day-for-day good time, Glass could be paroled before Christmas.
Glass declined an opportunity to address Judge Michael C. Jansz before sentencing. The victim was present for the plea but declined comment. Glass averted eye contact with the victim as she was brought into court.
Glass was developed as a suspect after the disabled victim was tipped from his wheelchair and beaten on Jan. 30, 2018. The case was delayed in part because she fled the Illinois Valley area after the beating; authorities located her six months later in Hawaii.
A second suspect in the beating, 56-year-old Alan Longest of Wilmington, is charged with a lesser offense, aggravated battery to a handicapped person, also Class 3 felony. He will next appear Aug. 16.