Shephard sentenced to four months for assault

March 10, 2017
 
Marissa Shephard has been sentenced to four months in jail for assaulting a correctional officer last summer.
 
The 21-year-old Moncton woman was sentenced Thursday in Miramichi Provincial Court.
 
The assault happened on July 28, 2016 at the New Brunswick Women's Correctional Centre here in Miramichi.
 
The court was told that correctional officer went to Shephard's cell that morning beause she was biting her own arm and banging her head against the wall.
 
While being escorted out of the cell, Shephard spit in the guard's eye.
 
The guard rinsed her eye and went to the hospital, but had to wait two weeks to find out if she that she had not been infected with anything.
 
The four month sentence was a joint submission of the Crown and Shephard's lawyer Simon Wood.
 
Judge Kenneth Oliver called the incident "vile and disgusting."
 
Shephard has been in custody at the women's centre since March 1, 2016 after several weeks on the run from police.
 
She is one of three people that were charges with the Dec. 17, 2015 death of Baylee Whylie. The 18-year-old man's body was found in a burned-out triplex on Sumac Street in Moncton.
 
He had been restrained in plastic wrap, beaten and stabbed up to 200 times while tied to a chair.
 
Two others were also charged. Devin Morningstar, 19, was sentenced in January to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.
 
Tyler Noel, 19, is charged with first-degree murder and arson. His trial is set for October, but returns to court on March 31st on another charge.
 
He is alleged to have escaped from the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre on Feb. 10.
 
Shephard has a preliminary inquiry scheduled for May 1st. She too is charged with first-degree murder and arson.
 
The assault came in the form of spitting in the eye of a female correctional officer last July at the New Brunswick Women's Correctional Centre here in Miramichi, where Shephard is being kept while awaiting trial on other charges.
 
The guard had to wait two-weeks to find out that she had not been infected by the spit.
 
The Crown and Shephard's lawyer jointly recommended the four months.
 
Shephard has a preliminary inquiry scheduled to begin on May 1st.
 
She is charged with first degree murder and arson related to the December 2015 death of 18-year-old Baylee Wylie in Moncton.

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