FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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District Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge
In Courthouse Attack of Deputy U.S. Marshal
-Defendant Threw Repeated Punches, Pushed Deputy Into a Wall-
WASHINGTON - Janell Shaw, also known as Janelle Kara Shaw, 22, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Michael Hughes, U.S. Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Shaw pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She is to be sentenced on March 22, 2013, by the Honorable Rudolph Contreras. Shaw faces up to eight years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release for the crime. The Court ordered that Shaw be held without bond pending her sentencing.
According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 16, 2012, a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia received testimony that Shaw had tested positive for controlled substances while Shaw was on release in a pending misdemeanor assault case. After hearing the violation report, the judge ordered that Shaw be taken into custody by the courtroom’s deputy marshal. The deputy marshal instructed Shaw to place her hands behind her back. Shaw refused to move from the defendant’s table and then pushed the deputy marshal.
The deputy marshal then brought Shaw into the area between the courtroom and the cell block area, but Shaw continued to resist cuffing. As they proceeded to the cellblock area, Shaw pulled away and struck the deputy marshal with a closed fist multiple times about the head and face. Shaw pulled the deputy marshal’s hair and clawed with her fingernails at her face, causing lacerations. Shaw then threw the deputy marshal into the wall so hard as to cause significant damage to the drywall. The deputy marshal fell to the floor, and Shaw continued to throw punches and pull her hair. Other deputy marshals arrived and secured the defendant.
As a result of the injuries, the deputy marshal received hospital treatment for the abrasions to her face, head, and for a neck sprain/strain and suffered neck and back pain for several weeks.
In announcing today’s plea, U.S. Attorney Machen and U.S. Marshal Hughes commended the actions of all the Deputy U.S. Marshals who work to keep all of the judges, court personnel, attorneys, and visitors safe while attending court proceedings. They also commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory V. Cole, who investigated and prosecuted the case.12-442