Woman given deferred sentence in beer bottle assault

2014-06-17T10:25:00Z 2014-06-17T21:49:06Z Woman given deferred sentence in beer bottle assaultBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings judge on Tuesday gave a five-year deferred sentence to a woman who hit another woman with a beer bottle in May 2013.

District Judge Russell C. Fagg gave Vanessa Marie Guzman the sentence for a felony count of aggravated assault. If Guzman meets the conditions of her sentence, the felony will be removed from her record.

Charging documents state that on May 31, 2013, Guzman was at a Billings bar when she seriously injured another woman by hitting her in the head with a beer bottle.

Guzman said she has “taken steps to make sure I’m a better person and nothing like this happens again. I’ve been sober of alcohol since this incident.”

Judge Fagg commended Guzman for not drinking and told her that if she continues her sobriety, she will likely do well on probation.

“I would encourage you to keep up that no-drinking attitude,” the judge said.

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