The woman who tore up a Florida Burger King during spring break today pleaded no contest to an assortment of criminal counts and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. A judge also banned Nekiva Hardy, the 30-year-old “BK Brawler,” from Burger Kings in Bay County, where her March 19 outburst was videotaped by a fellow patron.
During a Circuit Court appearance this morning, Judge James Fensom also placed Hardy on five years probation, ordered her to serve 100 hours of community service, and directed her to complete an anger management program, according to a court minute sheet. Hardy will also have to pay fines, court costs, and restitution totaling nearly $5000.
Hardy, pictured in the mug shot at right, has already been in custody for about 40 days, so she is likely to be freed in the next several days, which will allow her to return to Montgomery, Alabama, where she lives with her three young sons.
Video of the bikini-clad Hardy’s Burger King meltdown went viral in late-March and apparently prompted investigators to hit her with a number of additional counts (she was originally charged with a single misdemeanor).
Hardy was arrested by task force officers from the United States Marshals Service and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office days after a TSG reporter asked if she planned to voluntarily surrender on the new charges. “Fuck them, they’ll have to come and get me,” she replied. She added, “It’s gonna be hard to find me.”
Since Fensom’s judicial jurisdiction is limited, Hardy will still be able to enjoy the fare at any of Montgomery’s six Burger Kings, the nearest of which is about three miles from her home.