A Topeka woman has been placed on probation for her role in attempting to aid a man who shot three people outside a Lawrence nightclub.
Sonda Washington, 33, must obey the law and meet other requirements during a year on probation to avoid serving a year in prison, according to a sentence handed down Thursday by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.
On the night of Feb. 10, Washington was in the car that left with gunman Carlos Jackson, who had shot and wounded three people following a disturbance at Last Call, 729 N.H. Jackson now is serving 15 years in prison.
Before the sentencing, Washington apologized for her actions.
"I got myself into a bind. I'm sorry about the thing that happened that night," she told the judge.
Washington's attorney, Jessica Travis, told Martin that her client had always cooperated with police investigators and that she had taken responsibility for her actions.
Travis also said that Washington was scared and had been threatened and harassed by acquaintances of Jackson since the incident.
A second woman, Sherise Spears, 20, Topeka, also was charged with attempting to aid Jackson. She has entered a diversion program. If she completes the program by obeying the law and meeting other requirements the charge could be dismissed.