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Salina woman gets maximum for coma-inducing attack

Published on -8/3/2012, 7:47 AM

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- A north-central Kansas woman will spend four years in prison for an attack on a neighbor that put the victim in a three-week coma.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/N6o6Ca ) that 25-year-old Tiffany Byrd lay down on the courtroom floor and cried after receiving the maximum sentence Wednesday. Byrd had pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and was asking for probation.

Byrd told the judge she prays every day for Trisha Cleveland, whose head she repeatedly pounded into the pavement outside an apartment building March 9. Cleveland was left with permanent physical and cognitive injuries and requires 24-hour care from her parents.

Investigators said Byrd believed the victim had made an anonymous report to police that she was hitting her children.

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