A year ago, a Michigan teen-aged girl was accused of raping a man two years her senior at knifepoint and was also alleged to even filming part of the incident. Now, at 18, the woman can escape the prison sentence.
Lestina Marie Smith was just 17 when she was accused of raping a 19-year-old man in his car with a steak knife. The victim testified earlier that he went out with the black teener for almost two months, but that they broke up because “she hit him.”
A few months after their break-up, the man alleged that Smith asked him to meet with her, and after which threatened him with a knife before sexually assaulting him. She also allegedly filmed part of the incident.
The man admitted to calling Smith a “whore” before on Facebook several days before her attack. He also testified that she just deleted a video of them having sex.
Now, at 18, Smith may be able to avoid prison after pleading no contest to lesser charges last week. Court records show that Smith pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. In return, the prosecution agreed to drop the most serious charges when she faces her sentence on October 5.
Smith now faces up to 15 years in jail time but even that could be reduced to mere probation and jail time.
Smith’s mother, Tanesha Jackson, came to her defense in January and said that her daughter is not the violent person and that the man she was accused of raping was “part of their family” before the alleged attack. She also said that she’s not going to believe that her daughter raped him.
Jackson fainted during an earlier court hearing in April and even had to be removed on a stretcher when the judge denied Smith permission to post bond.