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Former Beauty Queen Gets Two-Year Sentence in Murder Attempt

January 4, 1995

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) _ A former beauty queen convicted of trying to kill the parents of a romantic rival was sentenced today to two years behind bars.

Tracy Lippard, 23, had faced up to 6 1/2 years for attacking the parents of Melissa Weikle Scott at their Lewisburg home.

Ms. Weikle Scott was pregnant by Lippard’s former lover, Todd Scott, at the time of the Nov. 22 attack. Lippard, from Newport News, Va., admitted bringing a pistol, hammer and butcher knife to the home but said she meant no harm.

Prosecutors said Lippard crowned her successor as Miss Williamsburg, Va., on Feb. 26, then drove 250 miles the next day to the home where Ms. Weikle Scott then lived with her parents, Rodney and Carlynn Weikle.

Lippard said she went to ask Scott why he didn’t show up at the pageant and became enraged after Rodney Weikle told her that Todd and his daughter planned to marry. They did so in August.

Lippard denied pulling the pistol on her rival’s mother or using the hammer to hit her father, who said he put her in a headlock and disarmed her.

Ms. Weikle Scott has said she forgives Lippard.

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