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Jacksonville teen gets 4-year sentence reduced for bat rampage

Jontaianna Pitts was caught on video beating other women with baseball bat

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville teen originally sentenced to four years in prison in connection with a violent street fight had her sentence reduced to one year in jail.

Jontaianna Pitts, 18, will also serve three years of house arrest, according to court records.

Pitts pleaded guilty in April to two counts of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

She was originally sentenced April 18 to four years in prison. But because the court withheld adjudication on the felonies, Pitts was not a convicted felon and not eligible for a prison sentence.

After the court found the original sentence was invalid, a judge issued a corrected sentence April 25, ordering Pitts instead to serve a year in county jail.

The case stemmed from a wild street fight that was caught on video.

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Pitts was arrested in May 2017 in connection with a melee that began outside a shopping plaza on Moncrief Road and then spilled over to nearby Simonds-Johnson Park.

Bystanders recorded video of the fight and uploaded it to Facebook. Pitts was seen punching another woman and hitting a security guard who tried to break up the fight, according to her arrest report.

About 90 minutes later, Pitts took a baseball bat from a relative and beat two other women over the head with it as they lay defenseless on the ground, the arrest report stated.

But the violence didn't end there. Pitts tried to smash the windshield of a parked car after one of the victims tried to take cover inside the vehicle, according to the report.

Circuit Judge Mark Borello initially sentenced Pitts to four years in the Florida State Prison's youthful offender section followed by two years of probation, citing her criminal record as a juvenile.

After a request for a status hearing from her attorneys, Borello set aside that sentence and instead gave Pitts one year in jail and three years of house arrest. It's unclear why he chose to change her sentence.