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Dothan woman gets 10 years in prison for assault - Dothan Eagle: News

Dothan woman gets 10 years in prison for assault

Victim struck with vehicle and thrown over bridge

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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 5:14 pm

A Dothan woman received a 10-year prison sentence on Monday for striking her former boyfriend with a vehicle, causing him to be thrown over a bridge and into a creek.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway sentenced 24-year-old Jayela Regina McShane to serve 120 months, or 10 years, in prison after she pleaded guilty to the felony charges of first-degree assault and intimidating a witness.

Conaway ordered McShane to serve 10 years for each charge. He also ordered them to be served concurrently with each other.

McShane apologized during the hearing for what happened.

Attorney Chris Capps, who represented McShane, submitted an application for probation for his client, which will be heard by Conaway on Dec. 18. McShane will remain in custody at the Houston County Jail until her probation hearing.

Valeska said the offenses happened after McShane had an argument with her former boyfriend. Valeska said the victim suffered multiple injuries as a result of the assault, including a fractured knee, a broken hand and torn liver, among others. He said the victim, who was at the guilty plea hearing Monday, has now recovered from his injuries.

“Our position is prison because of the injuries he received,” Valeska said.

Dothan police investigators arrested McShane in September of 2012 and charged her with attempted murder. Valeska said he later agreed to reduce that charge to first-degree assault.

“She drives and hits him, knocking him up in the air,” Valeska said. “He goes over a bridge and ends up in the water.”

The offense happened on Sept. 27, 2012, near the intersection of Montgomery Highway and Murphy Mill Road. Valeska said a passing motorist helped the victim out of the creek underneath the bridge.

Valeska said she also pleaded guilty to threatening the victim prior to one of the earlier scheduled trial dates. McShane was scheduled for trial on Monday in front of Conaway when she pleaded guilty.

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