Woman who attacked senior citizens could get shock probation aft - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Woman who attacked senior citizens could get shock probation after serving six months of 20-year sentence

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman could potentially be released from prison after serving only six months of a 20-year sentence.

Demesha Hicks, 27, was convicted after authorities say she preyed on elderly women.

The decision Hicks made in court Tuesday might set her free. She offered an apology and admission, asking for shock probation. 

"Just going through a lot at that time and I made some very stupid decisions," Hicks said in court. "I have changed and I have reformed and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to prove that I am a different person."  

A different person than the one who attacked Donna Wood in 2013.

"She was right on me, but I couldn't do anything because I don't walk too steady," Wood said in a 2013 interview.

Wood first spoke with WDRB at the time of Hicks' arrest. Her arm was in a sling as a result of fighting Hicks for her purse. 

"She fractured it when she threw me from the steps to the basket in the yard," Wood said.

There are at least five victims with similar stories, all of whom are elderly. Yet Hicks has reason to hope, because prosecutors are night fighting her early release.

"If she fails, there will be a significant price to pay," said prosecutor Jeff Cooke.

It was part of a plea deal when Hicks confessed to robbery and using a stolen credit card.

"Taking everything into account, we thought that was a just resolution. She has that 20-year sentence hanging over her head," Cooke said.

Prosecutors cut Hicks a break, because this is her first offense. They say she was a single mother, who was homeless and desperate.

"And I do take full responsibility for my actions and I want to sincerely apologize," Hicks said.

Wood's family went to the hearing on her behalf. They say the now 85-year-old woman still suffers physically and mentally from the crime.

"You do the crime, you do the time. What message are we sending to people just because it's your first offense...that if you say you're sorry, it's okay," said Brian Tomes, a victim's relative.

Whatever the outcome, there will be a shock at the end of this shock probation. The judge is now deciding: will it be the prisoner hoping for freedom, or the senior citizens she hurt?

"I've realized my action affected a lot of people," Hicks said.

"I hope they put her under the jail," Wood said.

The judge did not rule on the request Tuesday morning. He wanted to review more facts from the case.

A decision is expected this week.

Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.