SUNBURY — A 30-year-old Shamokin woman accused of fracturing bones and burning her 21-day old twins in September pleaded no contest Thursday to two felony counts of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 6 years in state prison.
Northumberland County President Judge Charles H. Saylor imposed the sentence on Tifany Ann Walter, of 321 N. Shamokin St., who also was ordered to pay $500 in fines plus costs.
Additional charges were not prosecuted.
Walter, who was given credit for 253 days time served, received consecutive sentences of 15 months to 3 years on each count of aggravated assault.
She has been incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 cash bail since her arrest.
Walter, who was represented by public defender Michael Suders, was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II with six felonies and two misdemeanors for allegedly harming her 21-day-old twins, who were treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for multiple fractured bones and burns in and around their mouths.
The charges relate to a Sept. 12 incident at Walter’s home.
Northumberland County First Assistant District Attorney Julia Skinner represented the commonwealth.
In separate cases in Columbia County, Walter was arrested on March 21, 2007, and charged with felonies of facsimile weapons of mass destruction and criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor of possession of a weapon on school property and summary count of use of tobacco in school. She pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon and use of tobacco and was sentenced to five to 23 months. Charges of weapons of mass destruction of criminal conspiracy were not pursued.
On Sept. 10, 2008, she was charged with multiple felonies of aggravated assault and assault by a prisoner, as well as charges of simple assault and harassment. She pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and two counts of simple assault and was sentenced to four months to two years in prison. The remaining charges were not prosecuted.
In February 2009, she was once again charged with a felony of aggravated assault, misdemeanor of simple assault and summary count of harassment. She pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced to three months to two years in prison to run concurrent with the charges filed in 2008.