CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A judge has reduced felony charges
against the director of a Christian boot camp and an employee down
to simple assault.
The Christian boot camp workers are on trial in for allegedly
dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind
during a morning run.
Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San
Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries were on trial for
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Those charges were reduced
yesterday by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who was swayed by
arguments by defense lawyers that the van could not be considered a
deadly weapon as described in the indictment.
If convicted, Flowers and Bassitt could have faced as many as 20
years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine. A conviction on the
misdemeanor simple assault charge carries as much as a year in
county jail and as much as a $4,000 fine.
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