Tay’lor Smith pleads guilty to reckless endangerment after pushing Jordan Holgerson off 60ft Moulton Falls in Washington state.
A 19 year old Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to pushing her friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver last year.
Tay’lor (Taylor) Smith, appeared Monday in Clark County District Court after accepting a plea deal last month charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment for an incident where Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed on August 7, 2018.
Smith previously faced up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine for the incident at Moulton Falls in Washington state that went viral when a video was posted on YouTube.
Prosecutors are recommending no jail time when Smith is sentenced March 27.
Smith is likely to sentenced to community service and electronic monitoring that would leave her confined to her home.
Jordan Holgerson, 16 Suffered Five Broken Ribs & a Lung Injury After She Was Pushed Off the Moulton Falls Bridge on the Lewis River Outside Vancouver…
by One of Her Friends!
— ~Marietta (@iMariettaDavis) August 10, 2018
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Judge Darvin Zimmerman delayed the sentencing to hear more about the victim’s injuries, medical costs and to give Holgerson time to gather her thoughts in case she wanted to speak before hearing Holgerson’s fate.
The Columbian reported her mother Genelle Holgerson saying, ‘She doesn’t want more time, your honor.’
Holgerson broke six ribs and punctured both lungs in a fall of about 60 feet.
The victim’s mother said that Jordan was undergoing physical therapy on her shoulder and suffering from anxiety.
Both the victim and her parent said they want to move on from this chapter of their lives.
‘I just want it to be done, I don’t want to wait until next Wednesday,’ Jordan told KOIN. ‘I just have these anxiety attacks now, but there’s nothing I can really do about it. But I’m playing softball.’
She added about her recovery: ‘Kind of on track now, better than it was.’
Tay’lor Smith pleads guilty: ‘I wanted her to overcome her fears- not to injure her….’
In previous interviews, Smith said she didn’t consider the repercussions of pushing Holgerson last summer.
According to the complaint filed in Clark County District Court, Holgerson told authorities that Smith was the one who pushed her, and that she did not want to be pushed.
Smith also allegedly admitted to pushing Holgerson off the bridge but allegedly told authorities she did so in an attempt to help her friend overcome her fear and not to injure her, officials said.
In an interview with Today last August, Holgerson said she had mixed feelings about how she wanted her friend to be punished.
‘Certain days I kind of want her to be put in jail but some days I think that might be a little too harsh,’ she said.
Her family previously said in court that they were ‘OK’ with the offer prosecutors had put forward.
Smith previously spoke out to say she was sorry for hurting her friend.
‘I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone, ever. I’m sorry it worked out that way,’ she said last year. ‘I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself.’