Elizabeth Shannon was just fifteen years old when she helped her mother kill her stepfather. According to court documents Joan Shannon marriage to David Shannon was falling apart as she had started an affair with another man. Joan Shannon would plan with Elizabeth Shannon to get rid of her stepfather so she could move forward with the other man. This teen killer would fatally shoot David Shannon as he lay sleeping on the couch. When Elizabeth was arrested she would tell police she was just doing what her mother told her to do. Elizabeth would testify against her own mother in exchange for a lighter prison sentence which turned out to be over thirty years. Joan Shannon was sentenced to life in prison
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A Fayetteville teenager who admitted to shooting and killing her stepfather and testified against her mother in the case as part of a plea deal was sentenced Thursday to a maximum of 31 years in prison.
Last year, Elizabeth Shannon pleaded guilty in the 2002 slaying of U.S. Army Maj. David Shannon, but said her mother, Joan Shannon, convinced her to commit the crime.
In a deal with prosecutors, however, Shannon testified against her mother, who, on Aug. 31, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
“I’m truly sorry,” Shannon, who was 15 years old at the time of the crime, said in court Thursday. “I made devastating choices. I’ll carry the shame the rest of my life.”
Shannon told jurors that her mother first tried to poison Maj. Shannon and when that did not work, she gave the teen a gun and asked her to commit the crime so that she could be with a man she met at a party.
During Joan Shannon’s trial, though, defense attorneys attacked Elizabeth Shannon’s past, suggesting she was linked to gangs and that their client was the victim of a “lying daughter.”
“I think her testifying was vital,” said Assistant District Attorney Billy West. “We had to have the testimony of Elizabeth Shannon. I think we knew from the beginning.”
Elizabeth Shannon’s attorney plans to appeal the sentence, saying it is still too harsh. Meanwhile, Shannon and her mother will be housed in different prisons.
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16-year-old has pleaded guilty to murdering her stepfather and will testify against her mother, who is accused of plotting the killing.
Elizabeth Shannon admitted she shot Army Maj. David Shannon twice as he slept on July 23, 2002. Shannon, 40, was assigned to Ft. Bragg.
Elizabeth Shannon pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and conspiracy. She will be sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison if she cooperates in the prosecution of her mother, Joan, according to an agreement with prosecutors.
Elizabeth Shannon told investigators that she killed her stepfather because she was tired of her mother asking her to do it.
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A man who became sexually involved with an Army major and his wife testified that he toyed with the woman’s feelings so she would help him buy a motorcycle.
The testimony came Friday as prosecutors concluded their case against Joan Shannon, who is accused of pressuring her teenage daughter to kill her husband, Maj. David Shannon. She could be sentenced to life in prison if she is convicted of first-degree murder.
In his second day on the stand Friday, Ms. Shannon’s lover Jeffrey Wilson testified that she pleaded with him to leave his wife and four children and run away with her. But Mr. Wilson said he only pretended to be in love.
“I was never in love with Joan Shannon,” Mr. Wilson said. “I just looked at her as a means to an end to get what I wanted at the end of the rainbow, which was to get the co-sign for a motorcycle.”
Prosecutors contend that Ms. Shannon wanted her husband dead so she could collect $700,000 in life insurance and be with Mr. Wilson. Ms. Shannon’s lawyer argues that Elizabeth Shannon was a troubled teen who killed her father on her own and is trying to put the blame on her mother.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday morning.
Elizabeth Shannon, who was 15 when she shot her father to death in July 2002, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against her mother this week in exchange for a prison sentence of no more than 31 years.
Mr. Wilson testified that he met Maj. Shannon through the Internet in 2001 and accompanied the couple to “swingers” parties where he had sex with Joan Shannon. He said his relationship with Joan Shannon continued without her husband.
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