Woman pleads no contest to shootingPublished 8:40pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A Washington woman accused of shooting a long-time friend through the arm pleaded no contest to the crime in Beaufort County Superior Court Tuesday.
On April 28, 2011, when Washington police responded to a report of a shooting, the victim claimed that he and Shinquata Nicole Blount, 26, were arguing when she pulled out a gun. According to William Bond’s statement at the time, they were struggling for possession of the gun when she shot him, said Assistant District Attorney Chad Stoop. Both denied the use of alcohol or drugs prior to the shooting. The firearm was not found at the scene, but was later located at a neighbor’s home.
Bond, serving time for a drug offense, appeared in court to restate what he’d told Stoop previously: that he didn’t want the Assistant District Attorney to prosecute the Blount.
“You really don’t want to prosecute this lady even though she shot you?” asked Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons Jr.
“No, sir,” Bond responded. “I’ve forgiven her.”
Defense attorney Calvin King spoke on behalf of Blount, asking for leniency due to the fact that she is six months pregnant. He said a number of questions remain about the events of that night: why his client’s hands were tested for gunpowder residue but no result returned from the test; why Bond’s hands were never tested for gunpowder residue; despite the fact that Bond was the one shot, why he delivered the gun to a neighbor’s house; why his client never left the scene if she was guilty.
“It’s been a difficult matter for the D.A.’s Office to prove, thus the plea of no contest,” King said, adding that two years after the incident, the defendant was ready for the case to be resolved.
“I just want to get this behind me,” Blount said.
Sermons made it clear her condition, and not her prior record — which includes two felony drug convictions — influenced the sentence he gave.
“Ms. Blount, I don’t take lightly the shooting of another human being,” Sermons said. “It’s time for you to grow up; quit this behavior. If you weren’t pregnant, I’d give you the full 150 days of your sentence.”
Blount was given 24 months of supervised probation and 35 days in jail, to be served starting 30 days after the birth of her child, which is due in January. As conditions of her probation, she must successfully pass the GED tests within the first 12 months and take anger management classes.