Former Love Triangle Astronaut Lisa Nowak Gets Generous Plea Deal

November 10, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak charged with attacking a romantic rival, pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary and battery and was sentenced to only to a year probation and no additional jail time. Nowak had originally been charged with two felonies, attempted kidnapping and burglary, which could have resulted in a sentence of up to life in prison. She was accused of attacking a woman in a bizarre love triangle that also involved former shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein, who was Nowak’s love interest. Oefelein had apparently dumped Nowak to date another colleague, Air Force engineer Colleen Shipman. Nowak in an apparent attempt at revenge, drove nearly 1000 miles from Houston to Orlando in a car packed with an odd, incriminating assortment of items, including latex gloves, wig, steel mallet, BB pistol, pepper spray, hammer, gloves, rubber tubing, garbage bags, knife and diapers. Nowak eventually found Shipman in an airport parking lot, tried to get into her car, discharged pepper spray through her car window, but her rival was able to escape. Nowak, 46, a married mother of three, told the court in what sounds like a half ass attempt at an apology, said:

“I am sincerely sorry to have caused fear and misunderstanding.”

But Colleen Shipman urged the judge to impose a harsh sentence:

“I know in my heart when Lisa Nowak attacked me, she was going to kill me.

“I believe I escaped a horrible death that night,” Shipman said.

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