A Turlock woman is prison bound for intentionally running over a man during a dispute, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced.
As part of a plea deal, Anna Maria Walker, 54, of Turlock entered a no contest plea to a charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter. After entering her plea, Judge Shawn Bessey immediately sentenced Walker to five years and six months in state prison, which is the maximum punishment.
Around 11 p.m. on July 29, 2017, Walker was driving her pickup truck on a residential street in Turlock. The victim was walking across the street when Walker intentionally accelerated and struck him with her truck.
The victim was dragged for a distance and the wheels of the truck drove over his body. He received severe injuries but survived after being treated at Memorial Medical Center.
Walker was not at the scene, but the truck used in the assault was located in the 1800 block of W. Glenwood Avenue. Police found evidence on the truck which, along with Walker’s statement, connected her to the previous evening’s incident. Walker was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
This case previously went to jury trial in November 2017, but a mistrial was declared and a new trial date set. During the interim, an agreement was reached allowing Walker to plead to a lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter.