Betty on the News: Plea Deal for Ex-NASA Astronaut Accused of Attacking Rival

Former astronaut Lisa Nowak has been sentenced to one-year probation.

Betty on the News: Plea Deal for Ex-NASA Astronaut Accused of Attacking Rival

Former astronaut Lisa Nowak has been sentenced to one-year probation.

-Carolyn French

Colleen Shipman and Lisa Nowak

Lisa Nowak was arrested in February of 2007 after driving across the U.S. to confront Colleen Shipman who was dating NASA astronaut Bill Oefelein. Nowak had had a three-year relationship with Oefelein, and out of jealousy she reportedly tried to attack the woman with pepper spray.

On Tuesday Nowak pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery over the incident, and was given a year’s probation.

Ms. Shipman told prosecutors that the attack continues to haunt her, prompting Nowak to apologize. “I am sincerely sorry to cause fear and misunderstanding and all of the intense public exposure,” she calmy stated. (BBC News)

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