Reporting Tony Hanson
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By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dozens of Philadelphia school crossing guards packed a city courtroom today, then left enraged after a judge sentenced a woman to probation for an unprovoked attack on a female guard in Hunting Park in 2010.
Philadelphia prosecutor Emily Rodriguez, who argued for a one- to two-year sentence for defendant Shaquana Outlaw, says Outlaw nearly hit children crossing the street, then stopped her car and confronted guard Alicia Carranco.
“Miss Carranco said, ‘What are you doing? You almost hit these girls.’ At that point the defendant pushed the complainant’s hat off her head and then punched her in the face multiple times,” according to Rodriguez.
Today, in tears, Carranco told the court she’s still fearful.
But the defense argued for probation because Outlaw has shown remorse.
After the judge passed sentence, Carranco said she is very disapponted and still shaken, calling her experience “three years of hell, nothing but pure hell.”
Crossing guards who attended today’s proceeding left the court fuming, commenting, “it’s not right” and “it’s not fair.”