ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman was sentenced Friday afternoon to jail and probation after a jury found her guilty of beating a man with a Patron bottle last summer on Cayuga Lake.
In July, Christy M. Tucker was found guilty of felony second-degree assault, and not guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Prosecutors Eliza Filipowski and Alyxandra Stanczak said in court that it was clear, for a variety of reasons, that Tucker had not taken responsibility for her actions, which left a man permanent disfigured and needing multiple surgeries.
Citing an Instagram post, Stanczak said that Tucker recently stated she’d been wronged by the court and maintained that she was defending herself from a sexual assault.
Stanczak read from the post, “Since when is it wrong for a woman to fight back?…I’m sick of men abusing women and getting away with it.”
During the trial, Tucker said the man she attacked sexually assaulted her when he grabbed her while she was in a swimsuit. Charges were never filed against the man.
Filipowski said those statements — in addition to a non-complimentary voluntary anger management assessment — shows that Tucker has not made any efforts to modify her behavior since the assault.
She recommended that Tucker be sentenced to two years in prison for the assault.
Tucker said in court, “I did not attack everybody on the boat that day. There’s a lot of different versions of what happened.”
She asked the judge to release her on probation, adding that she wanted to go home and move on with her life.
Judge John Rowley agreed that there was some ambiguity about hat happened during the attack.
However, he said, “You responded violently, persistently and almost lethally.
He said it was a “luck of the draw” that nobody died the day of the attack.
He sentenced Tucker to six months in jail and five years of probation.