DAILYKENN.com --A black woman was sentenced to 17 years in prison after a white co-worker was attacked with sodium hydroxide (lye). Technically lye is an alkali, not an acid.
The victim was scarred for life. Her eyelids were burned off after the substance was thrown in her face.
49-year-old Kim Williams admitted she ordered Jerry Muhammad to throw the substance on D. Alexandra Dyer as she left work in 2015.
Williams was apparently upset with Dyer for investigating a $750,000 embezzlement scheme.
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Scandal has rocked a Queens-based arts charity that abruptly shut down on May 11. Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), founded in 1969, offered performances and workshops for the the city’s poor, disabled, and elderly, but was brought down by a $750,000 embezzlement scheme that left director D. Alexandra Dyer disfigured after she was attacked with lye while investigating the organization’s finances.Hired this past July, Dyer took over an organization in turmoil. Since 2012, debt had risen from less than $100,000 to $2.2 million, and HAI had cut staff from 28 to 14, while being forced to move from SoHo to Queens.
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Dyer was the executive director of the Healing Arts Initiative, a group that worked with people facing social, mental or physical challenges. Investigators later determined the attack was an attempt to cover up an embezzlement scheme at the group.
Kim Williams was convicted of stealing $750,000 from Healing Arts Initiative between 2012 and 2015. Her friend Pia Louallen allegedly got 20 percent of the money and Jerry Muhammad allegedly carried out the attack. The charity eventually shut down.
Williams, 49, was sentenced to 17 years. She admitted she ordered Muhammad to throw the substance on Dyer.
“The defendant used her position to steal thousands of dollars in funding from a non-profit that helped society’s most vulnerable individuals. Working with another individual, the defendants inflicted serious bodily harm to an unsuspecting woman, and in doing so, left the victim with life-altering injuries to her face and body. The lengthy sentence imposed by the court today is appropriate given the heinous nature of the crime,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Dyer and prosecutors made sure they were placed inches under the noses of Muhammad, who pleaded guilty to attacking her.
“Here is your handiwork look what you’ve done to a life,” she told CBS2’s Dave Carlin following Williams’ sentencing.
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