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Plainfield woman applies for supervised diversionary program in Starbucks racial bias incident

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The Plainfield woman charged with intimidation based on bigotry stemming from an incident in June at the Norwich Starbucks coffee shop, on Wednesday applied for a supervised diversionary program that requires her to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Holly Chalifoux, 22, was charged June 8 with third-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the June 2 incident, in which she allegedly revved her car engine and shouted insults, including the “n-word,” at a drive-thru customer in line in front of her. The charge is a Class E felony punishable by up to three years in prison and up to a $3,500 fine, with a minimum fine of $1,000.

Chalifoux appeared Wednesday in Norwich Superior Court and applied for the supervised diversionary program. Her attorney, Jerome Paun, later explained that the program is similar to accelerated rehabilitation available for first-time offenders in some cases but requires applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation.

If Chalifoux is accepted, the report will be submitted to the court with proposed requirements she would have to complete within a given time span for the charge to be dismissed, Paun said.

Chalifoux declined to comment after her court appearance. Her next court date is March 17 in Norwich Superior Court.

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