IN woman gets 30 years for attempted murder of ex-husband with multiple sclerosis

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on April 12th, 2019

Fort Wayne, Indiana: A judge has sentenced Shannon D. Labrosse, an Indiana woman to 30 years in prison for placing a plastic bag over her ex-husband’s head and beating him with a hammer.

Forty-one-year-old Shannon D. Labrosse of Fort Wayne was sentenced Friday.

She pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the February 2017 attack on Thomas Labrosse, who has multiple sclerosis. He suffered broken ribs, cuts to his head and other injuries when attacked while sitting in a recliner at his home.

During the Friday sentencing hearing in Allen Superior Court, Shannon Labrosse was asked if she had anything she wanted to say. She turned to her ex-husband in the courtroom and said, “Tom, I’m sorry.”

She earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery for striking him repeatedly with a hammer in 2011 when they were still married.

The February 2017 attack in the man’s home was the second time she hit him with a hammer. In 2011, when they were still married, she struck him repeatedly in the head with a hammer while he was in bed.

Labrosse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

In the later case, the man – who has multiple sclerosis – was sitting in a recliner in his living room when Labrosse placed a plastic bag over his head, a probable cause affidavit alleged. He tried to get away, but she hit him with a glass jar and then the hammer, police said.

He was left with a broken finger, broken ribs and cuts to the head, and he told police it seemed like he had been struck 60 times.

“It’s OK, I got you,” Labrosse reportedly said several times during the attack.

Her lawyer filed paperwork last year indicating she would rely on an insanity defense at trial, which had been scheduled to start Tuesday. Doctors examined Labrosse and found she was competent to stand trial.

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