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Woman pleads guilty to lesser charges – misdemeanor assaults, rather than felony ones

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A white woman charged with attempting to use her vehicle to run over two 12-year-old black girls near a convenience store parking lot in Graham pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, rather than the two felonies with which she was originally charged.

Sandrea Warren Brazee, white, female, 52, of Burlington, pleaded guilty to the reduced charges and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.  Two consecutive 60-day sentences were suspended, as well.

For its part, the District Attorney’s office agreed to accept the plea because, they said, that’s what the evidence in the case supported.

This was the court case that was pending when the judge had Alamance News publisher Tom Boney, Jr. forcibly removed from the courtroom Tuesday morning. [See separate story.]

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Later, in a separate hearing in a superior court courtroom down the street, which the newspaper was able to attend, Jamie Paulen a Hillsborough attorney representing Faith Cook, the mother of one of the girls, sought a judge’s instruction to the Graham Police Department to provide any video recording that it may have surrounding the August 21, 2020 incident.

Paulen told the judge that Graham police had provided a video from the wrong day, August 22.  Superior court judge John M. Dunlow suggested that Paulen try to contact the police and get them to remedy the situation by providing the video from the proper date. “They may fix it,” he said, continuing the matter until Jan. 4, 2021.

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