Mur­der guilty plea earns 20-year term

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS -

A 29-year-old Sher­wood woman was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison Fri­day for fa­tally shoot­ing a woman in North Lit­tle Rock two years ago.

Shaquanna Sh­lae Staten, rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney Bobby Digby, pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, re­duced from first-de­gree mur­der, in ex­change for the 20-year term, said deputy pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Fields. Prose­cu­tors also dropped a charge of felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

Staten was sched­uled to stand trial Tues­day for the July 2015 slay­ing of 25-year-old Latosha Laschelle Lewis at the Shorter Col­lege Gar­dens apart­ments on North Beech Street.

Lewis was found dead at the com­plex with a gun­shot wound in her chest. Lewis had been a visi­tor at the com­plex where Staten was a ten­ant.

Po­lice said Staten and an­other woman, Chaukana Jones, had been feud­ing over a man named Blake.

Staten and Jones had been an­grily tex­ting each other “all day” un­til Staten, armed with a small-cal­iber pis­tol, con­fronted Jones and Lewis out­side a hous­ing unit, ac­cord­ing to po­lice reports. Staten re­peat­edly yelled “who want me” then fired at the women, strik­ing Lewis, who had also been in­volved in the feud with Staten.

Wit­nesses told de­tec­tives that the shooter was a woman they knew as “Quanna,” and picked Staten’s pic­ture out of a po­lice pho­to­graph lineup.

Staten was ar­rested the next day at her mother’s home in Sher­wood.

Staten has a 2008 con­vic­tion for crim­i­nal mis­chief in Jef­fer­son County.

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