Tennessee woman sentenced in Nebraska assault

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) -- A 33-year-old Tennessee woman connected to the beating of a hitchhiker in western Nebraska has been given five years of probation.

Stephanie O'Neal, of Clarksville, Tenn., had pleaded no contest to four counts of compounding a felony. Court records say she was sentenced on Thursday to the probation, 100 hours of community service and 90 more days in jail, which can be waived at the court's discretion.

Prosecutors say O'Neal and a traveling companion, 31-year-old Justin Adolph, of Lynchburg, Va., picked up a hitchhiker on June 1 last year. He was found severely beaten about 12 miles west of Sidney but has since recovered.

Adolph was convicted of attempted first-degree assault and conspiracy. He was given 30 to 40 years in prison.

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