Lisa Nowak Pleads Guilty...To Providing Endless Punch Lines. Oh, And Two Other Charges
This live blog from an Orlando TV station contains the highlights between Nowak, victim Colleen Shipman and Judge Marc Lubet:
1:40 p.m. -- Nowak was asked about her education. She replied that she earned a master's degree in aeronautics. Judge Lubet then asked her, with her level of education, if she freely understood the consequences of the decision to plea guilty to two of the three charges.
1:46 p.m. -- Shipman almost broke out in tears as she began. She told the court that Lisa Nowak "hunted me down and attacked me in a parking lot." 1:47 pm - I knew in my heart, she was going to kill me, said Shipman.
1:48 p.m. -- She said she saw "limitless rage" in Nowak's eyes that night at OIA. She claims Nowak researched murder and dismemberment.
1:57 p.m. -- Nowak's attorney Don Lykkebak is telling the court that Nowak is still in the Navy and performs her duties in an exemplary manner. He reminded the court of her education and good work record.
2:03 p.m. -- Nowak is testifying. She turned to face Shipman and apologized.
2:03 p.m. -- "I'm sincerely sorry for causing you fear and misunderstanding. I hope we can all move forward in privacy and peace."
2:12 p.m. -- Lubet is withholding adjudication. Sentenced to two days in jail, with credit for two days already served. One year probation. No prison time. 50 hours of community service. Absolutely no contact of any sort with Colleen Shipman, including third party contact. Only a sincere letter of apology within 10 days. He added one hour of anger management counseling. No contact with Bill Oefelein, either. "No books, no messages, no poems," ordered Lubet. "I understand," said Nowak.