ITHACA, N.Y. — A Staten Island woman who is accused of beating someone with a tequila bottle last summer pleaded not guilty to multiple felony assault charges and was released without bail in court Friday afternoon.

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Christy M. Tucker was indicted this month and charged with two counts of first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

She’s accused of beating her boyfriend’s friend with a tequila bottle on Aug. 23, 2015 “with intent to disfigure another seriously and permanently.”

In court, Assistand District Attorney Eliza Filipowski asked Judge John Rowley to set Tucker’s bail at $50,000 and bond at $100,000.

Tucker has been released on her own recognizance since after her arrest.

Filipowski said the status of the case had changed, since Tucker was released. She’s been was indicted on more severe charges than initially anticipated and does not have strong ties to the community because she lives in Staten Island.

Filipowski also said Tucker has a history of getting intoxicated and being violent.

“It’s a very serious charge,” she said about first-degree assault.

Tucker’s attorney Jim Baker denied the allegations that Tucker has a history of violence and said his client has been nothing but cooperative since the investigation began.

Baker said Tucker was even cooperative when it was possible that she’d face a second-degree attempted murder charge.

Rowley, citing Tucker’s lack of criminal history, said he does not think Tucker is a flight risk.

He warned her however, that if she or her boyfriend make contact with the person she is accused of attacking, her release and bail status could be reconsidered by the court.

“Don’t put yourself into a problem with that,” he said.

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Jolene Almendarez

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