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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman accused of driving her SUV into a building in order to run down her ex-husband accepted a plea deal Monday, roughly two weeks after a judge declared a mistrial in her case.

Brenda White pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree criminal mischief, according a spokeswoman for the Utah state courts.

White had been on trial for attempted murder and criminal mischief earlier in the month, but when 3rd District Court Judge William Barrett and attorneys heard that several jurors had been discussing the case outside of the courtroom, a mistrial was declared.

"It's nobody's fault," Barrett told the court earlier this month. "It's an unfortunate circumstance."


White is accused of driving her SUV into her husband, breaking both legs. The two were said to have been arguing over money, child custody and other issues before the incident. White has said she believed that her husband was having an affair and was addicted to pornography.

After arguing over the refinancing of a house White had received in their divorce settlement, her husband refused to sign certain documents. White apparently called the man a parasite and said "she was going to wipe him off the earth."

White left her ex-husband's office building but came back hours later, chasing the man down with her SUV and crashing through the office building to hit him. Surveillance video showed her hit him a second time, after he got up and tried to run again.

In April 2011, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that White should pursue a defense focused on "extreme emotional distress," which could have brought charges down to manslaughter.

The ex-husband now lives in Iowa, is remarried and maintains custody of the couple's two children.

Contributing: Emiley Morgan

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