MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Nearly 2 1/2 years after the beating of a West African immigrant, there was a move toward justice for the victim and his family.
Mariquez Moore pleaded guilty two weeks ago to beating Alasanne Sy in the head with a bat in 2012. On Friday, his mother, Tanya Wilkins, pleaded guilty to coercing the victim's family.
The victim's wife, Kadia Sy, could not hold back her tears during the hearing. She says she felt some relief when Wilkins pleaded guilty.
Since the attack, Kadia's husband has been back and forth to the hospital. He is now living in a nursing home, trying to recover while Kadia struggles to make ends meet for their family.
"At the sentencing hearing, we will be asking the judge to run the matters consecutively and we will be asking for the maximum sentence," said prosecutor Chris Lareau.
"Ms. Wilkins accepts full responsibility, " said her attorney, James Thomas, about his client's coercion plea. "She's certainly not responsible for the actions that her son took."
Thomas says his client has five prior felonies, but he's still hoping she gets a fair sentence.
"I believe that four of those felonies should be considered as one felony because they were all allegedly committed within a 24-hour period," he said, knowing that a court will have to decide.
Wilkins is scheduled to be sentenced on February 23. She could face a maximum sentence of 18 years behind bars.