Reporting Tony Hanson
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Anger and alcohol led to carnage, a death and now a guilty plea. A 23-year-old Philadelphia woman has pleaded guilty to charges she and another woman used a car to run down people outside an after-hours club, because the defendants couldn’t get in (see related story).
Prosecutor Chesley Lightsey says defendant Jesslyn Williams (pictured, right), who has pleaded guilty, and Sharonda Cheeves, whose case is still open, tried to take their own alcohol into a club. They were denied and, after a verbal confrontation, lashed out.
“(They) basically took it out on the crowd standing outside Club Motivations. They got into the vehicle, circled the block multiple times, hitting people every time they circled the block — they were running up on the sidewalk. And it ultimately resulted in the death of one person out there.”
Williams has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy and DUI. The co-defendant, allegedly at the wheel when the car struck and killed a 27-year-old woman, is charged with murder (see related story). She has pleaded not guilty.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060