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Carla Reyes Spared Jail Time after Beating Drunk Woman Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Carla Reyes is the beneficiary of a very lenient sentence by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after she pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding upon Melanie Swasey.   

Swasey was drinking on March 11, 2013 and bumped into Reyes outside of Oasis Bar on Central American Boulevard. Liquor spilled out unto Reyes and for this she placed a beating on Swasey who was too drunk to even defend herself. Swasey admits that she was intoxicated and says she remembers that as she was standing with two friends in front of a hotdog stand where she was attacked by a vendor, later identified as Carla Reyes. Reyes grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the ground.  While on the ground, Reyes punched her repeatedly in the face. Swasey sustained a cut wound to the upper lip, abrasions to the left knee and complained of pain to the head. A medical doctor classified her injuries as wounding.  

In court on Friday, June 13, Carla Reyes changed her initial not guilty plea to guilty after Magistrate Fraser informed her that if she is found guilty after trial she will be facing a 7 year jail term. In mitigation, Reyes told the court that the only reason she attacked Swasey was because Swasey spilt liquor on her and that made her get upset. Reyes begged for leniency and asked not to be sent to jail since she is a single mother. She apologized to Swasey who was present in court and began to cry knowing that she could be sent to jail. Fortunately for Reyes, Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser was very lenient on her. Instead of sending her to jail, she imposed a suspended sentence. Reyes must keep the peace for two years or in default serve one year imprisonment. Reyes was free to go after apologizing to Swasey.