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Woman receives suspended sentence

Roy found guilty in June of charges related to brawl between her daughter and another girl

By Linwood Outlaw III -- loutlaw@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- A woman who was found guilty in June of charges that she instigated a fight between her daughter and another teenage girl near her home last summer will serve no jail time, a Warren County Circuit Court judge has ruled.

Betina Marie Roy, 35, of 142 Rugby St., Front Royal, appeared before Judge Dennis L. Hupp for sentencing on Tuesday morning. She and her husband, David Onasis Roy, 40, were charged with felony and misdemeanor counts as a result of the Aug. 14, 2008, brawl, which was videotaped and later posted on the Internet.

After a two-day jury trial for the couple in June, David Roy was acquitted of felony child abuse and assault by mob charges a grand jury indicted him on in November. Betina Roy also was acquitted of an assault by mob charge. However, the jury found her guilty of assault and battery and felony child abuse.

On Tuesday, Hupp sentenced Betina Roy to 12 months, all suspended, in jail for misdemeanor assault and battery. Meanwhile, the judge placed the felony child abuse charge under deferred disposition, meaning it will ultimately be dropped if Betina Roy adheres to the conditions of her two-year supervised probation term, Commonwealth's Attorney Brian M. Madden said. "She's basically withdrawn any right of appeal. The case is finalized as far as any issue of guilt or innocence is concerned," Madden said.

The Aug. 14, 2008, fight began when Skyline High School student Kailey Amshey came to the Roys' residence with several friends to confront the couple's daughter, Kiara Roy.

Amshey and Kiara Roy fought outside of the Rugby Street residence. A video of the fight shows the two girls hitting and punching each other while Betina Roy stands near them. During the fight, Amshey got on top of the Roys' daughter, at which point Betina Roy pulled her off. During the fight, David Roy could be heard telling spectators to get away from his property.

Amshey was dating a boy Kiara Roy had previously been in a relationship with, and Kiara Roy's continued friendship with the boy sparked tension between the girls, according to testimony given during the trial.

Leading up to the fight, the two girls had gotten into arguments over the phone and through MySpace messages. Kiara Roy said she warned Amshey over the phone several times not to come to her home looking for a fight, but that those attempts failed. Neither girl was charged in the incident because they were minors.

Betina Roy's attorney, Peter D. Greenspun, said his client is remorseful about her actions on the day of the incident. "She's embarrassed by what she did and how she handled it. She's learned from it," Greenspun told Hupp, adding that Betina Roy recently enrolled in an anger management course.

Hupp called the situation "surreal," saying he wished the parents would have done more to stop the fight.

Betina Roy reiterated her regret before being sentencing.

"If I could have re-done that day, I would have handled it much better," she said. "My anger got the best of me."

As part of her probation, Betina Roy must complete 100 hours of community service and finish her anger management course. She will appear in court for disposition on July 5, 2011.




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b2866

"However, the jury found her guilty of assault and battery and felony child abuse."
Can this be serious. A woman is found guilty of felony child abuse and assault and battery of a minor and gets nothing.
"If I could have re-done that day, I would have handled it much better," she said. "My anger got the best of me." I guess she wouldn't have re-done the day she posted the video on the internet.
How can we expect any better from our children in this is the best we get from adults?

sleeveless

I can't believe the other girl's mother was not held accountable for her daughter's behavior. At the very least, she should be charged w/ child neglect.

b2866

If you charged every parent that had a child that got in a fight you'd flood the system. Its one thing to have a child involved in a fight. Its quite another to condone it, encourage it, record it, and publish it. Not to mention put your hands on someone elses child. Not trying to break it up but make sure yours didn't get beat. The whole thing is pathetic. Michael Vick did jail time for letting dogs fight. This is a joke.

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