BENNINGTON — In a case that touched on the meaning of rehabilitation in the criminal justice system, a Bennington judge ended the probation of a Minnesota woman — Rosa Maria ____ — guilty of luring a minor and sexually assaulting the victim. That decision came Monday, after a hearing last week in which ____ ‘s attorney argued that she had cleaned up her act and rehabilitated her life.
____ , now 27, the mother of two young toddlers, appeared via video link in a Bennington courtroom last Thursday, asking Judge Kerry McDonald-Cady to close the door on her open-ended parole.
____ has served a three-year prison sentence and three additional years of supervised probation, including numerous programs aimed at rehabilitation, without any issues or reoffending.
“The court finds that conditions have been satisfied by the defendant and that her conduct warrants the discharge of probation,” said McDonald-Cady in her written decision Monday. “The court also finds that the discharge of defendant’s probation serves the ends of justice.”