Ravenna -- A charge of aggravated robbery against a Euclid woman accused of hitting an Aurora Farms Premium Outlets employee with her car in June while fleeing a shoplifting charge has been reduced to a lower level felony.

Diamond S. McPherson, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Aug. 23.

Judge Becky Doherty ordered a pre-sentence investigation. McPherson, who was being held on 10 percent of $75,000 bond on a charge of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, now is free on a personal recognizance bond pending sentencing.

McPherson was arrested June 12 after she allegedly was observed committing a theft at the Saks Off Fifth outlet store.

Confronted by a loss prevention employee, McPherson allegedly pushed the woman, got into a vehicle and struck the employee in the leg with the car while attempting to flee, according to Aurora police.

The victim suffered minor injuries, and McPherson learned in court she will be required to pay restitution for the victim's medical expenses following sentencing.

The amended charge carries a possible sentence of up to 36 months in prison, and a possible driver's license suspension of three to 10 years, Doherty said.

Had she been convicted of aggravated robbery, McPherson faced three to 11 years in prison.

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