Woman accused of using baby as crime bait changes plea - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Woman accused of using baby as crime bait changes plea

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - The woman accused of using her baby as bait in two carjackings changed her plea in federal court.

Shani Butler, who told the judge she's on medication to treat bi-polar disorder, cried throughout Monday's hearing at the federal building.

Butler's family and the woman she shot were in the courtroom as prosecutors announced a plea agreement of 22 years.

Butler was indicted on charges, accused of using her child on two different days to rob two good samaritans.

She pleaded guilty to carjacking Heather Fox in March last year. 

Fox had offered to help Butler as she stood holding her baby outside a Walgreens in Midtown. Butler said she needed a ride, and after Fox drove Butler and her baby for several miles, Butler pulled a gun on Fox and ordered her to drive to an ATM. Fox jumped from the car and Butler shot her in the back, almost killing her. Butler then took off in Fox's Jaguar and wrecked it.

Fox showed no emotion as the crime was recounted in court on Monday.

Butler will be formally sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in March. She remains behind bars.


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