LIVINGSTON COUNTY — In court on Thursday Sharry Habberfield was sentenced to six years in state prison for assaulting a Livingston County Corrections Officer.
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In a courtroom packed with over 50 Livingston County Sheriff Deputies in support of the injured officer accepted the sentence for felony Assault while in a Correctional Facility. At the time of the assault she was being held on Grand Larceny charges and was facing 1-3 years.
“I’m not a bad person and that I only acted because I wanted to get out, and I’m sorry that I did.” said Habberfield prior to sentencing. “My mental health state is perfectly fine and I’m capable of holding a job and capable of doing things.”
There have been multiple studies on Habberfield’s mental state and ability to function in society, Livingston County Judge Dennis Cohen stated on the record his concerns over the safety of society if she were free an untreated.
“You’ve refused to do what’s necessary to make sure that you are not a burden upon everybody else, that you don’t harm people, that you don’t do the things that you are not supposed to on this,” said Judge Cohen. “And that our society has to manage you, look for you, help you and do everything to protect other people on this. That’s the problem.”
Livingston County Assistant District Attorney Victor Rowcliffe handled the case for the District Attorney’s Office.