Jail time, community service for teen who pushed 16-year-old friend from bridge, causing serious injuries

A teen in Washington state will spend 48 hours behind bars and complete 38 days of community service after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, prosecutors recommended a sentence including no jail time in connection with 19-year-old Tay’lor Smith’s ill-advised YouTube prank in which she pushed a friend from a bridge, causing serious injuries.

Despite the recommendation, Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman included two days in jail during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday. After her release, she will serve the required hours as part of a county work crew.

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Jordan Holgerson sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung after falling more than 50 feet into the water below when Smith pushed her on August 7 near Moulton Falls.

Footage of the incident was widely circulated after the incident and Holgerson said she has battled emotional issues including anxiety and panic attacks in addition to the physical injuries.

Smith agreed to discuss the incident in an interview on “Good Morning America,” during which she acknowledged that she did not think about the consequences of her actions when she pushed her friend from the bridge.

The victim’s mother also expressed support for the prosecution’s recommendation of no jail time.

Genelle Holgerson said that the family liked the earlier proposed guidelines “because Jordan just wants Taylor to be a better person.”

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