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A Fort Edward woman who brutally beat a National Grid worker who was shutting off power at her apartment last fall will spend up to 3 years in prison for the attack after her guilty plea to a felony assault count.

Patricia A. Lafferty, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for the Sept. 11 attack on a female utility worker outside Lafferty’s then-home on Broadway in Fort Edward.

Police said Lafferty became angry about her electrical service being shut off because of unpaid bills when she tackled the National Grid employee from behind and repeatedly punched her face, causing serious cuts. She was charged with felony assault counts for the serious injuries as well as for injuring a “public employee.”

“It was a violent attack,” Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said.

Lafferty fled, but turned herself in to Fort Edward Police a short time later.

Lafferty agreed to plea deal that includes a three-year state prison term, to be followed by three years on parole as well as possible restitution for unpaid medical bills when she is sentenced May 31 by Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan.

She was represented by the Washington County Public Defender’s Office, which had no comment on the case this week.

Lafferty also has to deal with legal troubles in Warren County that appeared to worsen this week when she failed to appear for a felony hearing in Warren County Court.

She has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing and using a credit card that belonged to a resident at Brookdale Senior Living in Queensbury last May, court records show. She worked as an aide at the assisted living center, and was linked to the theft of two credit cards after at least one was used several times at one of the Walmart stores in Queensbury, according to court records.

Lafferty was scheduled to appear before Warren County Judge John Hall on Wednesday for a possible guilty plea and sentencing, but did not show up. In light of the fact that she also failed to call in to report to the county Probation Department as required on 26 occasions in recent months, Hall issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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