Woman pleads guilty after crash into apartment, reportedly said she saw demon

Published 3:46 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2024

By Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News

A Bowling Green woman faces a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Tuesday to 14 criminal counts stemming from a 2022 police pursuit that culminated with the crash of an SUV into an occupied apartment.

Jamilya Wilson, 23, entered the guilty plea in Warren Circuit Court to 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count each of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Wilson has been in Warren County Regional Jail since her arrest on Sept. 14, 2022.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched on that date to Rocky Court on a report that an SUV had crashed into an apartment there.

As deputies traveled to the apartment, they received information that the SUV had backed out and left toward Louisville Road, with a caller reporting that the SUV had been involved in another crash and was in a field off Louisville Road, according to court records.

An arrest citation said that deputies witnessed Wilson drive a 2006 Mercury Mariner through a cornfield and back onto Louisville Road, leading to a pursuit that continued through two red lights and into a median before ending at Rocky Court, where the SUV crashed into an apartment and came to rest inside the living room.

A witness at Rocky Court reported that Wilson almost struck four juveniles standing in the parking lot outside the apartment, and that when the youths ran into the apartment the SUV drove into it, court records said.

“The witness advised she had to help one of the juveniles who was laying in the living room floor after the collision occurred,” Wilson’s citation said.

A juvenile told deputies that she locked the door to the apartment but was hit by the vehicle as she stood near the door.

A passenger in the SUV told deputies that Wilson sped toward the juveniles after seeing them standing in the parking lot outside the Rocky Court apartment, according to court records.

Wilson reportedly told deputies that she saw her neighbor’s son outside the apartments on Rocky Court and believed he was a demon, according to her arrest citation.

“She could not provide a proper statement on how the collisions occurred,” her citation said.

In court on Tuesday, Wilson’s attorney, Jason Pfeil of the Department of Public Advocacy, acknowledged that Wilson placed several people, including a number of juveniles, at risk of death or serious physical injury during the incident.

Four of the first-degree wanton endangerment charges to which she pleaded guilty were amended from more serious counts of attempted murder.

Had she gone to trial and been convicted as charged, Wilson faced up to 70 years in prison.

Wilson will return to court March 12 to be sentenced by Warren Circuit Judge J.B. Hines.