Three women charged in fight in city plead guilty to assault

April 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three women involved in a fight last year that started in a city nightclub and ended at the University of Maryland Medical Center emergency room, when a police officer fired a gun and wounded two combatants, have pleaded guilty to assault in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Alexis Burris, 19, of the 1900 block of W. Fayette St.; Lisa Reed, 38, of the 900 block of N. Chester St.; and Shanell Whittley, 18, of the 9300 block of Samoset Road, Randallstown, entered their pleas March 30, Assistant State's Attorney Theresa Shaffer said.

Whittley was granted probation before judgment on two counts of second-degree assault. Burris was given six months in jail for second-degree assault. Reed admitted to one count of first-degree assault and three counts of second-degree and was given a three-year sentence.

Reed allegedly attacked Yojinde Paxton on Sept. 7 at a nightclub in the 1300 block of Russell St. Whittley, a friend of Reed's, intervened, as did Mignon Lewis, a friend of Paxton's, prosecutors said. After Lewis was injured, she and Paxton went to the emergency room. Reed and Burris followed.

At the hospital, a university police officer tried to stop a fight among Reed, Burris and Paxton, but Reed grabbed the officer's baton and hit Paxton with it. The officer fired her gun once, hitting Reed and Paxton.

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