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Former Astronaut Lisa Nowak wants Record Sealed

4:18 PM, Mar 17, 2011   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who lost her NASA job over a bizarre airport attack on a romantic rival, is asking a judge to seal her criminal record.

Nowak was sentenced in 2009 to a year of probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges. She had originally been charged with attempted kidnapping and burglary, which are felonies, and misdemeanor battery.

Nowak, a Navy captain, was accused of confronting Colleen Shipman in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

During her trial, Nowak apologized for the pain she brought to Shipman's life.  "I hope very much that we can all move forward from this with privacy and peace," Nowak said.

The court motion filed earlier this month requests that her record be sealed "as it is a significant hindrance to the future economic well-being of her family."

In August, a government panel in Jacksonvilleunanimously decided to end former astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak's military career.

A Board of Inquiry made up of three Navy admirals voted 3-0 that she should be separated from service; have her service characterized as "other than honorable;" and be downgraded from her current rank of an officer 06 (CAPT) to an officer 05 (CDR), which affects her paygrade and pension.

WTSP, Associated Press

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