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The Plainfield woman whose dogs viciously attacked a home health aide and left her severely disabled in 2014 might not spend time behind bars.
Jenna Allen was sentenced Friday to one year, suspended after 60 days in jail but is planning to appeal her sentence and in a rare move was allowed to post bond and remain free for now.
“Ever since that day I've been asking myself what if I had done this, what if I had done that,” Allen said.
In a brief, but emotional, statement made moments before her sentencing, Allen appeared to show the courtroom what had been the center of concern throughout her case -- remorse.
“I would like to say that I am truly sorry for what happened to Lynne on December 3rd,” Allen said.Allen sat before the same judge who found her guilty in June of first-degree reckless endangerment after her dogs viciously attacked Lynne Denning, a home health aide, at her Plainfield home in December 2014.
“It shakes me to the core, that day will forever be imprinted in my mind,” Bridgett Labrecque said.
Denning's daughter read a statement from her mother asking the judge for maximum punishment for Allen, later giving her own tearful testimony on how the attack changed her family's life forever.“Now I still see a woman fighting every day to make it in her new life that she was handed by Jenna and the pack,” Labrecque said.
In her ruling the judge called the attack ”avoidable,” citing several red flags and later stated Allen is misguided in her handling of her dogs.“I do believe that the sentence that I'm going to impose takes into account everything,” Judge Hope Seeley said.The ruling came more than two and a half years two families lives were forever changed after the vicious attack.