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Woman facing attempted first degree murder charge pleads guilty on unrelated assault.

John Thompson • Jul 13, 2018 at 11:02 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A woman who was bound over to Criminal Court on Wednesday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder pleaded guilty in Criminal Court on Tuesday on an unrelated aggravated assault and other charges.

Kasey Della Miller, 31, also pleaded guilty to shoplifting. In the plea agreement, Judge Lisa Rice dismissed charges or reckless endangerment, child endangerment and criminal trespassing. Rice sentenced Miller to serve 3 years in prison. She was sentenced as a standard offender, which means she must serve 30 percent of the sentence before she is eligible for parole. She had pretrial jail-time credit of about a month.

The aggravated assault charge stems from a domestic violence incident in the rear parking lot of Walmart on Sept. 19, 2017. Joe Holsclaw of the Elizabethton Police Department reported that he responded to the domestic violence call and spoke with victim Joseph Ludwick.

Holsclaw said Ludwick told him Miller was his girlfriend and they had been arguing the night before and she had locked him out of the house. Ludwick said he worked at the Ultimate Shine Car Wash next door to Walmart, and Miller came to his workplace.

After speaking with her in the rear parking lot, Ludwick said he told Miller he needed to get back to work. He said she became upset and tried to run over him with her vehicle.

Holsclaw said he was able to see video of the incident. He said Ludwick could be seen running across the grass dividing the Walmart parking lot from the car wash. He said there was a gold sports utility vehicle chasing him.

Holsclaw said the video showed Ludwick reverse his course and begin running back toward Walmart. He said the vehicle turned around and continued pursuing Ludwick. Ludwick said two children were inside the vehicle at the time of the chase.

The guilty plea came just a day after Miller and three co-defendants were bound over to Criminal Court on attempted first-degree murder charges following a preliminary hearing in Sessions Court.

Those charges stem from an incident in which Miller is accused of beating Matthew Lewandowski with an aluminum baseball bat in Rasnick Hollow in June. In court testimony, prosecutors said Lewandowski remains hospitalized.

That incident was also recorded on video, captured on a cell phone by one of the co-defendants in the attempted first-degree murder case.

Miller is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on the attempted murder charge on Sept. 19.

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