ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman was found not guilty Tuesday morning after a jury deliberated for about a day about how a man came to be brutally beaten on a Cayuga Lake boat last summer.
Christy M. Tucker was found guilty of felony second-degree assault. She was found not guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Her attorney James Baker and Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski presented two drastically different version of events that unfolded after a day of drinking on a boat on Aug. 23, 2015.
Filipowski described Tucker as a tornado who lost her temper and began fighting people when her longtime boyfriend groped another woman. She said Tucker beat a man with a Patron and Corona beer bottle. The male victim in the crime ended up with a permanent scar on his lip and blurred vision.
Baker, however, presented an entirely different case to jurors. He said Tucker was groped in her genital area by a man on the boat, prompting her to punch him in the chest. In response, the man — whose BAC was .239 percent hours after the incident — then grabbed the woman, began groping her breasts and put her in a headlock where he punched her face.
Tucker was able to fight off the man, but did not use bottles to do so, Baker said.
Just minutes after the incident, Tucker made a quick cell phone video where she said, “When a girl is about to be raped, she fights for her life.”
Filipowski asked the court to hold Tucker on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond because her situation had changed. Now convicted of a felony, Tucker could face two to seven years in prison , along with post-release supervision.
“I’m not going to be seeking probation, your honor. I’m going to be seeking a prion sentence,” Filipowski said.
She said Tucker lives in Richmond County, is unemployed and has no ties to the Tompkins County area, other than having lived here for a brief period of time. She also had two DWI convictions.
Baker said his client has been cooperative throughout the proceedings and is financially supported by her long-time boyfriend.
Judge John Rowley agreed that circumstances had changed and said he expects there will be some prison time for Tucker.
Tucker, who wiped away tears during the proceeding, will have to post $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond before 11 a.m. Wednesday or turn herself in to the Tompkins County Jail.
She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16.
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