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Milam County District Attorney defends plea deal with 3 Caldwell volleyball players

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 22:49:10-05

The Milam County District Attorney defended the plea deal reached with three of the four Caldwell High School volleyball players accused of forcibly stripping a teammate.

Bill Torrey released a statement that said the indictments returned by the Milam County Grand Jury, "were never sexual in nature."

"I offered the pleas that were accepted; these are young women, with no prior criminal records, and impressive academic and extracurricular achievements," said Torrey.

Marina Brinkman, 17, Kadie Hartman, 17, and Katherine Hart, 18, all pled guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor unlawful restraint. The deal carried a lower sentence than their original felony charges of indecency with a child by exposure.

"The victim and her mother agreed with the resolution of these cases, were present in the courtroom and declined the opportunity to speak," said Torrey.