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Euclid woman pleads guilty to lesser offense in Aurora Farms assault

by DAVE O'BRIEN RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published: September 7, 2016 1:00 AM

Ravenna -- A charge of aggravated robbery against a Euclid woman accused of hitting an Aurora Farms Premium Outlets employee with her car in June while fleeing a shoplifting charge has been reduced to a lower level felony.

Diamond S. McPherson, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Aug. 23.

Judge Becky Doherty ordered a pre-sentence investigation. McPherson, who was being held on 10 percent of $75,000 bond on a charge of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, now is free on a personal recognizance bond pending sentencing.

McPherson was arrested June 12 after she allegedly was observed committing a theft at the Saks Off Fifth outlet store.

Confronted by a loss prevention employee, McPherson allegedly pushed the woman, got into a vehicle and struck the employee in the leg with the car while attempting to flee, according to Aurora police.

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The victim suffered minor injuries, and McPherson learned in court she will be required to pay restitution for the victim's medical expenses following sentencing.

The amended charge carries a possible sentence of up to 36 months in prison, and a possible driver's license suspension of three to 10 years, Doherty said.

Had she been convicted of aggravated robbery, McPherson faced three to 11 years in prison.

Email: dobrien@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4189

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