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Inverness woman pleads to lesser charge in attempted murder case


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BROOKSVILLE - An Inverness woman arrested on attempted murder charges earlier this year has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge.

On Wednesday, Lacie Swan, 19, pleaded no contest to two counts of principal to aggravated assault with a firearm.

Swan could spend up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 9. She has agreed to testify against her co-defendant, Kyle Chunn, 23.

Chunn and Swan allegedly drove from Citrus County down to Hernando County on May 21 in a stolen Nissan Altima, deputies said.

Prosecutor Rob Lewis said the reason for their trip was "presumably" to purchase drugs, and Chunn and Swan got into an argument with two males at Brookhaven Apartments in Brooksville.

Authorities say Chunn fired multiple rounds at the men with a Ruger LCP .380 caliber pistol before discarding the gun and fleeing the scene. Neither of the men were shot, Brooksville Police Chief George Turner said at the time.

A short time later, Chunn and Swan were stopped by sheriff's deputies. While Swan was taken into custody on charges of attempted first-degree murder, Chunn fled on foot. He was arrested in Marion County about a week later.

Lewis said Swan claims said the argument started because one of the alleged victims sexually battered her, not because of a drug deal.

Lewis said Chunn intended to kill the men he shot at, and Swan pointed them out to him.

Chunn is facing numerous charges in Hernando County, including attempted first-degree murder, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, grand theft, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting an officer without violence. His next pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 8.

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