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Breana Harmon, the Denison woman who falsely claimed she was raped in March 2017, entered a plea of guilty Thursday to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents.
“She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,” Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis said.
Harmon will undergo sentencing on March 20th in the 59th District Court. Jarvis said prosecutors agreed to a plea deal with two possible punishments.
“The cap is either regular probation or deferred adjudication,” Jarvis said. “Of course, we’ll be asking for deferred and they’ll be asking for regular probation.”
Harmon was reported as a missing person on March 8, after her then-fiancé returned to their shared apartment and found her vehicle abandoned in the parking lot and several of her belongings scattered on the ground. Several hours after the initial report, Harmon walked into a Denison church where she told staff she had been kidnapped and raped. Harmon told investigators three black men had approached her in a parking lot, forced her into an SUV and drove her to wooded area where two of the three men raped her.
On March 21, Harmon confessed to investigators that she lied about the kidnapping and rape. Harmon admitted that she and her fiancé had fought recently and that she knew the relationship likely would not last. Following the argument, she said she went for a walk and ended up at an abandoned house where she began to cut herself. Fearing her family would be upset with the self-inflicted injuries, she told police she nodded when church staff asked whether she had been sexually assaulted.
“I mean, it was pretty obvious that she did what she did,” Jarvis said. “Now the question is, what should her punishment be?”
Jarvis said Harmon’s personal background and life circumstances may have influenced her decision to claim that she was attacked. The attorney said he did not wish to provide specific details on those circumstances, but said he felt they would paint jurors a more complete picture of Harmon during the sentencing process.
“I don’t want to try the case in the paper — it’ll all come out,” Jarvis said. “Let’s just say she has some fairly unusual circumstances that I think they’ll be interested to hear about.”