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Woman charged with attempted murder admits crime during contempt hearing

December 14, 2018

A woman whom investigators say tried to kill her ex-husband last year admitted to the crime in a court hearing this week.

Shannon D. Labrosse, 41, was in court Wednesday for a contempt hearing, where prosecutors were to present evidence showing that she violated a judge’s order by contacting the victim : a disabled man she admitted to beating with a hammer in 2011 : more than 100 times since December 2017.

During Wednesday’s hearing, she made “spontaneous unsolicited remarks admitting (the) conduct alleged,” according to an order signed by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck. The statement is not an official guilty plea, and a March trial date remains in place.

Labrosse is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to suffocate Thomas Labrosse, who has multiple sclerosis, and beating him with a glass jar and a hammer in his home in February 2017. She pleaded guilty in 2011 to a misdemeanor battery charge for striking him repeatedly in the head with a hammer.

The couple divorced in 2013, court records show.

Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Tasha Lee filed paperwork Tuesday that says an order was issued Dec. 8, 2017, prohibiting Shannon Labrosse from contacting her ex-husband. Since then, she has called him 101 times using the phone system at the Allen County Jail, Lee wrote.

Shannon Labrosse also apparently used a messaging system at the jail to send electronic messages to Thomas Labrosse. Records attached to the prosecutor’s filing show dozens of messages sent from August to this month.

“I miss you Tom and I miss life in general,” a message sent Sept. 12 reads.

Hours later, Thomas Labrosse responds in a message labeled “last e-mail:” “Shannon I don’t think you get it. I’m sorry that you are lonely and scared. But I don’t want to take care of you anymore. When it comes down to it, I’ll be testifying against you. And when I do I imagine you’ll be going to prison for a long time.”

Surbeck issued an order Wednesday restricting her communication privileges to discussions with her attorney.

Shannon Labrosse was charged last year with six felonies including domestic battery with a deadly weapon and strangulation. The attempted murder charge was filed in August.

She faces up to 79 years in prison if she is convicted on all the charges.

Thomas Labrosse was sitting in a recliner in his living room when his ex-wife placed a plastic bag over his head, a probable cause affidavit alleges. He tried to get away, but she hit him with the jar and then the hammer, the document states.

“Thomas said while she was hitting him she kept saying, ‘It’s OK I got you,’” the affidavit states.

He was left with a broken finger, broken ribs and cuts to the head, and he told police it seemed like he had been struck 60 times, according to court documents.

Defense attorney John Bohdan filed documents in August referencing an unnamed mental health condition on or about the time of the alleged crimes. He has said his client will rely on an insanity defense at trial.

Shannon Labrosse was examined by doctors and found competent to stand trial.

mleblanc@jg.net

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