Eight months after the shocking video of a teen being pushed off a bridge surfaced, then-18-year-old Taylor Smith has been sentenced after pleading guilty.
As Dearly previously reported, Smith pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment after video evidence showed her pushing then-16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off a popular Washington bridge that stands roughly 60-feet off the ground.
Taylor Smith leaves Clark County Court after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment for pushing 16 year-old Jordan Holgerson off a bridge into the Lewis river last year. She will learn her sentence on March 27th. @kgwnews pic.twitter.com/YHdML0VxBg
— Eric Patterson (@KGWphotog) March 18, 2019
In an earlier interview with “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan, Smith claimed Holgerson wanted the push:
“She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a push and I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought she would be fine.”
Now, after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment, the judge who presided over the hearing has handed down Smith’s sentence.
As Inside Edition reports, Smith’s attorneys thought Smith would avoid jail time having pled guilty to the charge against her. However, that wasn’t the case.
Roughly one week after making her plea, Smith was sentenced to two days in jail. As the judge explained, the two-day sentence symbolizes the same amount of time Holgerson was in the hospital.
Smith said in a statement following her sentencing:
“I’d like to sincerely apologize to Jordan Holgerson, her family, and friends for the pain and humiliation I have caused by my mindless action that occurred last summer.”
Holgerson also spoke after hearing Smith’s apology. She told reporters:
“I think it’s probably just as emotional for her, as it is me. I’m happy it’s over.”
According to Inside Edition, Holgerson’s mother told reporters after one of Smith’s court hearings that after suffering broken ribs and punctured lungs, Holgerson has since been released from the hospital but still suffers from anxiety and attends physical therapy for her injured shoulder.
In addition to the jail time she received, she was also sentenced to 38 days on a work crew.