Woman admits to assaulting Walmart employee

By Dean Manning

For the Mountain Advocate

A 62-year-old Woodbine woman admitted to getting physical with a Belk loss prevention officer in May in exchange for a one-year jail term.

Margaret Knowles appeared in Knox Circuit Court Monday for what was scheduled to be her final pretrial hearing before the case went to trial on March 12. Commonwealth’s and defense attorneys informed the court that a plea agreement had been reached.

Knowles pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery. A second charge of second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Knowles is scheduled to return to court on April 2 for formal sentencing.

Knowles was arrested at the store located in the Trade Mart Shopping Center off of U.S. 25E in Corbin.

Corbin Police reported that when Knowles attempted to leave the store with $575 worth of clothing and jewelry concealed in her purse and pockets, a lost prevention officer stopped her. Knowles began clawing and scratching at the officer, leaving scratches on his forearm and wrist.

Corbin Police arrived and took Knowles into custody. Knowles was indicted in July.

If Knowles had been found guilty, she faced five to ten years in prison as prescribed by Kentucky Law. The persistent felony offender charge would have increased the sentencing range to 10 to 20 years and required Knowles to serve at least 10 years before she was eligible for parole.