LIMA — A Lima woman who drove her sports utility vehicle into a residential yard and struck another female avoided prison time on Thursday.
Brandi Evans, 33, was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail and four years of probation on a second-degree felony charge of felonious assault. The charge stemmed from a July 16, 2017 incident during which Evans drove her 1998 Chevy Blazer into a yard in the 800 block of Broadway Avenue in Lima and struck a woman she knew.
The victim, Shena Gibson, suffered injuries that required hospitalization and faces additional surgeries for neurological injuries suffered during the incident, it was noted during Thursday’s sentencing hearing.
Prior to passing sentence on Evans, Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed noted that — based on information contained in a pre-sentence report — Gibson was not entirely without fault and had “provoked” Evans through a series of incidents that amounted to an ongoing domestic dispute between the two women and Evans’ former live-in boyfriend, Jeremy Donley, the father of Gibson’s child.
“Were you provoked? I guess that, yes, you were,” Reed told Evans. “But you also have to be held responsible for your actions.”
Evans confirmed in court on Thursday that the dispute had escalated to the point that she “snapped” when driving her vehicle toward Gibson on the night in question. “It’s the biggest mistake I’ve made in my 33 years of life and if she (Gibson) was here I would apologize to her. I regret what happened. I’m not a bad person,” a tearful Evans told the judge.
In addition to ordering Evans to serve 90 days in the county jail (with credit for 27 days served), Reed imposed the four-year term of probation, ordered Evans to undergo and complete all treatment recommended by the probation department and to have no contact whatsoever with the victim in the case.