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Posted on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

Woman who slashed neighbors with knife pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges

By Kyle Feldscher

The Superior Township woman who attacked two neighbors with a knife during an argument in late January pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors as a part of a deal Tuesday.


Fayva Billips

Courtesy of Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Fayva Billups, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault at a preliminary exam, according to court records. In exchange, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon were dismissed.

Aggravated assault is a misdemeanor charge, as opposed to the felony assault with a dangerous weapon charges.

Aggravated assault is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Billups got into a dispute with one of the residents at a home in the 9000 block of MacArthur Boulevard on Jan. 26 that escalated into a physical fight, according to police.

The fight began on the front porch of the home and then spilled into the yard, police said. Billups slashed a woman and her mother with a kitchen knife, causing both to suffer minor lacerations.

Billups is currently out of jail on a personal recognizance bond. She will be sentenced at 14A-2 District Court in Ypsilanti on March 27, according to court records.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Joseph Brando

Mon, Feb 13, 2012 : 4:16 a.m.

Chauncey's sister?


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 1:34 a.m.

she mad, bro.


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 1:24 a.m.

Misdemeaneor?? Are you serious? Just another damn plea deal got her off the charge she should have been dealt. She slashed a woman and her mother with a dangerous weapon and back on the street/home? I just don't get it, but guess it is my personal opinion.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 11:46 p.m.

Perhaps the victims were less than cooperative with the police and prosecutors. If so, then the plea deal to misdemeanors might be understandable.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

Ms. Billips has to know someone. There's probably men doing hard prison time for just threatening to slash someone let alone slashing them. This smacks of selective law enforcement.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.

Yeah, knives...not deadly, not at all. Like @Linda Peck, I find the willingness on the part of authorities to plea this down do a misdemeanor troubling. I would especially find it so if I were her neighbors. She attacks them with a knife and then walks with only a misdemeanor? What did the neighbors get from this deal?

The Black Stallion3

Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

I am just happy that pretty little girl doesn't live in my neighborhood.

Linda Peck

Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 8:27 p.m.

I wonder why this is not a felony, as to me the knife is a "dangerous weapon" that can cause great bodily harm. In this case, probably scarring and terror were some of the effects of her actions, but this could have ended much worse. I disagree with the misdemeanor classification of this crime.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

I bet the neighbors host a block party with homemade pies and stuff, welcoming her home. Pre-sliced, of course