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Braidwood woman convicted of sexual assault wants shorter prison sentence

A Braidwood woman convicted of sexually assaulting and engaging in a threesome with her boyfriend and a teen wants a shorter prison sentence, court records show.

Timothy Specht, the attorney for Tabitha Ledwa, 45, filed a motion Jan. 31 requesting Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak reconsider her sentence. On May 9, Bertani-Tomczak sentenced Ledwa to 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault.

Ledwa must serve at least 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole. Her projected parole date is Aug. 31, 2029, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Specht argued Ledwa’s prison sentence is “excessive” because she has no history of felonies, no history of sex crimes, once had two jobs and she completed alcohol abuse counseling while incarcerated.

Specht’s motion claimed Ledwa’s behavior was induced by her boyfriend, David Zauratsky, 46, and she had “no other incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior” before she began her relationship with him.

Zauratsky also pleaded guilty to the criminal sexual assault of the teen at the same time as Ledwa on Dec. 5, 2018.

Before Zauratsky’s guilty plea, his attorney Michael Renzi filed a motion for a separate trial for his client. Zauratsky and Ledwa were scheduled to go to trial together.

Renzi's motion claimed Ledwa planned to accuse Zauratsky of forcing her to participate in the sexual abuse.

Bertani-Tomczak has yet to sentence Zauratsky after he unsuccessfully tried to find new attorney for months.

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