Bedford woman admits to assault on officers

From Mirror staff reports

A Bedford woman pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to assaulting prison corrections officers in two separate incidences.

Angela Cornell, 38, of 425 Imlertown Road, faces four charges of simple assault and drug-related counts.

Cornell was arrested during a traffic stop in Bedford Township last September when police reportedly discovered the defendant had marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other medications in her car.

State police learned Cornell smoked marijuana from a pipe prior to driving southbound along I-99, according to a police complaint. She allegedly “displayed signs of impairment” during a standard field sobriety test.

While in Bedford County Jail on Oct. 4, Cornell reportedly struck a corrections officer in the left chin and right cheek area with her fist and grabbed and pulled the officer’s hair.

The defendant became “agitated” at the officer when asked to give an attorney’s business card to the officer because of Cornell’s suicide watch status, stated the complaint.

Three days later, Cornell reportedly assaulted three corrections officers who tried to get her to take a shower because she was “covered in her own fecal matter.” The defendant allegedly kicked and punched the officers who were trying to get her to shower, according to police.

Police said Cornell told them she assaulted the officers because she had “rectal bleeding” and the officers were not getting her help for this.

District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts said Tuesday that none of the officers were hurt enough to limit their abilities to perform their job duties.

Judge Travis Livengood offered Cornell a plea bargain of 11 to 23.5 months in jail and five years’ probation.The defendant could have spent a maximum of 11 years in prison if convicted of all charges, he said.

Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

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