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Woman gets probation in UNC football players' assault

Posted November 24, 2008 5:55 p.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2008 6:11 p.m. EST

— A woman pleaded guilty Monday to resisting arrest in a case in which three University of North Carolina football players were tied up and robbed last year.

Tnikia Monta Washington, 30, was given a suspended sentence and was placed on supervised probation.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 16, 2007, incident in which a UNC player invited Michael Troy Lewis and two women to a Chapel Hill apartment after the player had been drinking for the night. At the apartment, the player and two teammates were tied up with belts, ties and stereo speaker wires while Lewis robbed the apartment.

One of the players said a woman fondled him while he was tied up and that Lewis held a knife to his throat when he resisted.

Lewis, 33, was convicted Nov. 18 of two counts each of felony conspiracy and first-degree kidnapping and one count each of common law robbery and assault on a government official. He was acquitted of a second count of assault on a government official.

He was initially sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, but the judge on Friday reduced the sentence to between 17 and 23¼ years.

Monique Jenice Taylor, 29, is charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual offense and resisting a public officer in the case. She will be tried separately.