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Shock probation granted for woman who assaulted elderly victims

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Demesha Hicks during a court appearance on Jan. 26, 2016. Demesha Hicks during a court appearance on Jan. 26, 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A second chance for the Louisville woman who attacked and robbed the elderly. 

Demesha Hicks is getting out of prison, six months into a 20-year sentence. 

Hicks looked for senior citizens at grocery stores, followed them home, and robbed them, sometimes violently. This morning Judge Brian Edwards granted Hicks' request for shock probation after a hearing earlier in the week.

Attorneys say Hicks was a single mother, homeless and desperate when she committed the crimes, and this was her first arrest.. 

Family members of the victims voiced their opposition to shock probation during a hearing on Tuesday. 

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

While shock probation was granted for Hicks, she must still serve home incarceration for a period of time and report to seven counties daily to transition back into the community.

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