SOUTHINGTON - A local woman has been sentenced to a month in prison after taking a womanâ€™s car without permission last July, dragging her with the vehicle as she tried to stop her.
Amy Florian, 39, accepted a plea bargain on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. She pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to one count each of use of a motor vehicle without permission and second-degree breach of peace.
An Alford plea means she disputes some of the facts of the case but concedes that she could likely be convicted after a trial.
According to prosecutors, Florian worked for a cleaning service when she got into an argument with her employer at a home on Crest Road on July 10, 2018. They had been hired to clean the home.
During the argument, prosecutors said, Florian kicked her employer in the stomach, knocking her to the ground, and took her keys. She then got into the womanâ€™s vehicle.
The victim grabbed the car and Florian began taking off. She was dragged a few feet before falling to the ground.
The woman sustained scrapes to her knees and elbows and injuries to her hand and shoulder.
On Tuesday, Florian was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended after service of 30 days, and two years of probation.
She will be required to pay the victim any out-of-pocket property damage and medical expenses while on probation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.