BELTON — A 53-year-old Killeen woman faces a possible life sentence after a Bell County jury found her guilty of ramming a police officer with a car.
Tonieka Renea McIlvenna was found guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant and attempting to evade arrest in a motor vehicle with a deadly weapon.
McIlvenna was arrested in June of 2011 after she hit a Killeen police officer with the open door of a stolen Honda Civic.
After arresting the driver of the car, officers observed the passenger, McIlvenna, move into the driver’s seat.
McIlvenna was asked to exit the vehicle, but did not comply, according to the affidavit.
Two officers were attempting to get McIlvenna out of the vehicle when the car backed out at full speed, striking one of the officers with a door and fracturing his arm, according to an arrest affidavit.
McIlvenna fled the scene and was arrested five days later.
She’s been in jail since.
During the three-day trial, McIlvenna’s defense attorney said her actions were involuntary, and were the result of police shocking her with a Taser.
“It makes all your muscles stiffen,” Howard Fomby, McIlvenna’s attorney, said in his closing statement to jurors. “She was paralyzed.”
Bell County prosecutors argued that McIlvenna intentionally put the vehicle in reverse and hit the officer in an attempt to escape.
“(McIlvenna) knew what she was doing when she put her foot on the gas,” said Stephanie Newell, assistant Bell County district attorney. “She was going to get away by any means possible.”
McIlvenna will be sentenced Jan. 21 by 27th District Judge John Gauntt.
She faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the aggravated assault of a public servant charge.
She also faces between two and 20 years for the evading arrest with a deadly weapon charge.
The car was considered the deadly weapon.
McIlvenna was also convicted of assault of a public servant in 2001 and felony theft in 1994, according to court records.
BELTON — A Bell County Jury will decide the fate of a woman accused of hitting a Killeen police officer with a vehicle while trying to flee the scene of a crime.
The jury began deliberations this morning after attorneys made closing arguments in the trial of 53-year-old Tonieka Renea McIlvenna. McIlvenna faces felony charges of aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest.
McIlvenna allegedly hit an officer with a stolen Honda Civic in downtown Killeen in order to avoid arrest during an incident that took place in June 2011 in the parking lot of a Killeen convenience store. The officer suffered a fractured arm, according to an arrest affidavit.
Bell County prosecutors argued that McIlvenna intentionally put the vehicle in reverse and hit the officer in an attempt to escape. McIlvenna's defense attorneys contend that her actions were involuntary, and were the result of police shocking her with a Taser.
If convicted, she could face up to life in prison.
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