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Jasonville woman, accused of meth possession and battery, sentenced

Shannon Forker

Shannon Forker

A Jasonville woman who had two criminal cases, one for felony drug possession and one for felony battery against another woman, pending against her since March, struck a deal and has been sentenced to one year and 180 days in the county jail.

Shannon Forker, now 31, was arrested on March 18 by Jasonville Police Officer Anthony Duguay during a traffic stop. The officer said the stop was initiated because a records check revealed the vehicle’s license plate belonged to another vehicle.

Duguay’s K-9 partner Blitz alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. Forker allegedly said there were no controlled substances in the vehicle and gave her consent to search. Duguay reported that methamphetamine was found during the search.

Forker was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony.

Then a warrant was issued for her in another case that stemmed from an incident that occurred back on March 7. She was arrested on the warrant then charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.

In that case, Forker was accused of attacking another woman with a large rubber mallet, striking her several times.

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Jackson, the investigating officer, said the alleged victim suffered bruising, redness and swelling to one side of her face along with bruising, redness, swelling and a small laceration to a forearm and swelling to a back shoulder blade.

The alleged victim told the deputy that Forker told her the reason she attacked is because the woman had “ratted” someone out and set them up.

In mid-June, Forker signed a negotiated plea agreement along with her attorney, Deputy Public Defender David Hunter, and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh.

Under the terms of the agreement, Forker changed her plea to guilty of the felony possession of methamphetamine and the state agreed to dismiss the case involving the battery.

She was sentenced to one year and 180 days in the county jail with 275 days suspended. She was given credit for 120 days already served.

The plea agreement stated that she would be on probation for one and one-half years, be evaluated for substance abuse and complete any treatment deemed necessary. It also stated that her felony conviction could be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor if she does not commit a new criminal offense and successfully completes probation without a violation.