A Lyon Township woman pleaded no contest to an assault charge Thursday while her alleged co-conspirator successfully managed to get his trial adjourned in Oakland County Circuit Court.
The new trial date for Christopher Simons, 29, of Fowlerville is April 23.
“I’m not real happy about it,” Judge James Alexandersaid. “But I will allow the adjournment. There will be no further adjournments.”
Meanwhile, Jessica Kropiewnicki, 25, was to be released on a $25,000 bond with tether and curfew conditions. She entered the assault with intent to murder plea while wearing a red top and skirt. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but it is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
To lighten her sentence on the assault with intent to murder charge, she also must find employment, test for drugs and alcohol usage and have no contact with Simons or the victim.
“If you violate any term of the agreement that’s been placed on the record, the minimum you will get will be 180 months, probably a lot more than that,” the judge said. “Do you understand me?”
Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies accused Simons and Kropiewnicki of attacking a Northville man in May with a baseball bat in a wooded area.
Deputies had been sent to a Martindale Road home in Lyon Township regarding a home invasion.
The owners had returned home and found blood throughout the home’s interior. It was the victim’s blood.
He testified during a preliminary examination that he had been in a rocky, romantic relationship with Kropiewnicki when she called multiple times to see if they could take a walk.
Simons apparently lay in waiting and attacked Malec with a bat, police allege. The victim said it seemed like more than one person was assaulting him because of the speed in which the blows came.
His cellphone was taken from him and he apparently lost his glasses. He has testified that he staggered toward a light and entered the Martindale home after the beating.
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