Plea deal in Vt. texting caseOctober 12,2012
BURLINGTON — The trial of a Vermont woman who’s charged with hitting a pedestrian with her car while texting and driving has ended with a plea deal.
Nineteen-year-old Emma Viera of Colchester pleaded guilty on Thursday to grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle with injury resulting, and will receive a five-year deferred sentence. She could serve up to six months in jail or be sentenced to home confinement as part of the deal.
She’s accused of striking 53-year-old Deb Drewniak in August, 2011, as Drewniak was walking her dog in the dark in Colchester.
The plea deal was reached late on the third day of Viera’s trial.
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