An Idlewood woman was sentenced to probation this week after entering an Alford plea to an assault charge stemming from a stabbing at a Greenwood lodge earlier this year.
Sonya Emily, 46, of 123 Highland Drive, Greenwood, submitted the plea to a charge of second-degree assault and battery Wednesday at the Greenwood County Courthouse. An Alford plea essentially means a defendant does not plead guilty but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict if the case went before a jury.
Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy Jr. accepted Emily's plea and sentenced her to a three-year prison sentence suspended to the 81 days she's already served in jail on the charges, and sentenced her to two years of probation.
Emily was originally charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a controlled substance in connection with a Jan. 12 incident at the Greenwood Motel, 306 Montague Ave. During that incident, she stabbed a man in the chest. As part of a negotiated plea deal, prosecutors agreed to downgrade the more severe charges to the assault and battery count, which was punishable by a prison term of up to three years.
Emily testified she suffered from a drug addiction years ago and had been clean and sober for 14 years prior to the relapse that led up to January's attack. She was admitted to the Foundation Recovery House about three months ago and testified she has been sober for the last six months. As part of the conditions for her parole, Addy ordered Emily to complete the program at the Greenwood rehab center, and mandated her to cooperate with referrals to alcohol and drug relapse prevention programs when she is released from in-house residency care at Foundation. He also ordered her to undergo mental health screenings.
"You're a good example of how good people, when they start using drugs, all of a sudden find themselves in a bad place," Addy said.
The Jan. 12 stabbing caused the victim of the attack to suffer a collapsed lung. Police records showed Emily and her co-defendant, James Floyd, 49, of 123 Highland Drive, stormed into the victim's motel room and Floyd began beating him with a metal pipe. Sometime during the scuffle between those two Emily stabbed the victim, who police found lying in a pool of blood on the motel room floor.
Court records indicated Floyd was also sentenced to two years' probation June 11.