After hearing the factual basis in her case in District Court, Kylie Lofts pleaded guilty to attempted first degree assault, a class 2A felony. Now she faces up to 20 years in prison.
Initially Lofts faced the charges of first degree assault, a class 2 felony, and strangulation, a class 3A felony. A plea agreement in the matter amended the charge to attempted first degree assault and dropped the strangulation charge.
This case arises from an incident in July in which she assaulted her mother. County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz described the details in the case.
“When the officer looked at her (the victim) he could barely recognize her face,” said Goltz. “She was severely injured to her whole face area—her eyes were severely bruised, had a dark red color and were swollen. It also appeared there was a burst blood vessel in her right eye. She was also found holding her chest and having difficulty breathing, saying that her ribs hurt. She also said that her knee was hurt and she could barely move it. The officer also observed severe redness all around her neck.”
According to the officer’s report in the warrantless arrest affidavit, the conflict began with Lofts confronting the victim “about how terrible” she was and “how bad she raised Kylie.” The victim stated that Lofts became more upset with her and began punching her in the face numerous times using both fists. Lofts then started choking the victim, grabbing her around the neck and hindering her ability to breathe.
“(The victim) stated that she thought she was going to die,” said the officer in the report.
After a short while, according to the report, Lofts threw the victim onto the concrete floor and started kicking her in the ribs. Lofts stopped the assault and left the room. The victim crawled to a couch nearby and fell asleep. When she awoke, she cried for help and then was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The victim was transferred to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln due to the severity of her injuries. The victim suffered vision problems, a fractured tibial plateau in her right leg, which required surgery, as well as burst blood vessels in her eyes.
The officer spoke with Lofts, and she denied any knowledge of what happened. According to the report, the officer observed redness on Lofts’ knuckles. She was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
In the courtroom, Lofts pleaded guilty to the charge and Judge Rick Schreiner ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted. Sentencing will take place in January.