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Woman accused of shooting, killing Lyndonville mother takes plea deal

October 30, 2018 06:46 AM

The woman accused of shooting and killing a Lyndonville mother in cold blood said she did it. 

Holly Colino appeared much more alert in court Monday morning compared to when she first appeared in Brockport Town Court in August of 2017.

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She has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar symptoms. 

"I'm comfortable saying everybody, including Ms. Colino, recognizes that this was a horrible tragedy." Those words are from Colino's attorney Mark Foti.  

Colino pleaded "not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect" in state Supreme Court. This plea means Colino will not go to trial or to jail. She will likely remain at the Rochester Psychiatric Center where she is receiving treatment. 

Colino was accused of killing Megan Dix on Aug. 25, 2017 while Dix was sitting in her car in a secluded parking lot in Brockport. Brockport Police say Colino walked up to Dix's car, pulled out a 380 semi-automatic pistol and shot Dix in the head. 

A few days later, while staying at a hotel in Henrietta, deputies say Colino pointed a gun at a worker of Sticky Lips BBQ who had gone to her car to get something. 

Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles says in light of the evidence, the videos Colino posted on social media showing her bizarre behavior, and the findings of two independent doctors, this is the best outcome in the interest of justice.

"We'd have two esteemed medical professionals who do this work for a living, getting up and telling the jury in essence, she's not responsible by reason of mental defect, she could not appreciate her conduct at that time," said Duckles.

Colino will now undergo more testing to determine if her mental disease will be classified as a dangerous mental disorder.

The judge will then determine where she will go based on that finding, but she will likely remain at the Rochester Psychiatric Center. 

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