Selma woman sentenced to prison for assault

Published 1:35 pm Thursday, August 13, 2020

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A Selma woman was sentenced to prison from an eight-year-old criminal case.

Shemika Mendenhall was sentenced to a 15-year suspended sentence, five-years probation and three years to serve in prison, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

A Dallas County Jury convicted Mendenhall of first-degree assault on Oct. 23, 2019. Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Collins A. Pettaway ordered a pre-sentence investigation and report of Mendenhall, 43.

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Before Mendenhall goes off to prison, Pettaway ruled that she must serve her first 30 days in the Dallas County Jail. Jackson said that Pettaway may release Mendenhall, where she doesn’t have to go to prison.

Mendenhall shot Samuel O’Neil Taylor outside Club 9000 on Nov. 13, 2011. Taylor’s cousin, DeCarlo Gunn, said that Mendenhall pulled a handgun and discharged the gun, striking Taylor. Gunn also said Mendenhall fled the scene in a white Cadillac.

The next day, Mendenhall turned herself into the Selma Police Department (SPD) and confessed to shooting Taylor. The .357 used in the shooting was also not recovered because Mendenhall told the SPD she threw it in the river when she left the scene heading to Montgomery.

“We are strongly opposed to her being released because she shot the innocent victims leg off and Mendenhall was Convicted by a Dallas County Jury of first degree assault,” Jackson said.