The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 13, 2013

Mom who hired beater fights jail time

The Daily Item

— SUNBURY - A Millmont woman is appealing her jail sentence on the grounds that the three-to-23-month sentence didn’t take into account her prior record, which would have made her a candidate for probation if she was sentenced in the standard range for the crime.

Veronica Ulrich appeared in court Monday afternoon in front of Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage, represented by an attorney after previously representing herself.

The hearing was continued and was rescheduled for 9:15 a.m. June 5 before Judge Sacavage.

On May 3, Ulrich pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for her role in hiring an unknown male, paying him $25 to beat up a Milton High School student who Ulrich says attacked her daughter.

While the standard sentence range for criminal solicitation to commit simple assault — a misdemeanor — is probation, at the time, Sacavage sentenced Ulrich in the aggravated range for the crime, saying Ulrich was wrong to take the law into her own hands.

The two males who committed the assault of the 15-year-old victim and a friend — who was injured trying to protect the victim, according to the police report — have never been identified.