Defendants in Peach Queen Slashing Attack Plead Guilty
Four women pleaded guilty in court yesterday to jumping Banning's 2005 "Peach Queen" and slashing her face with box cutters.After the attack in 2008, the beauty queen Shanice Wilson was left with permanent scars that required plastic surgery, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
As the fight ended, Wilson remembered one of the attackers Azia Aldred saying, "Now every time she sees her face in the mirror, she'll remember me."
Aldred pleaded guilty to felony mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The other women involved, Erica Bastidas, Labrea Steward and Ariana Atkins, pleaded guilty to felony assault causing great bodily injury. Bastidas got seven years, while Steward and Atkins got six years in prison.
The motive? Wilson thought it was because she was drop-dead gorgeous, but detectives believe that Bastidas' suspicion that Wilson was having an affair with her husband led to the attack.
But Wilson asked prosecutors to deliver the women a message suggesting that they she forgave them: "Her scars didn't hurt anymore and she didn't want them to hurt either," Deputy District Attorney Maureen Dumouchel said.