A Los Angeles woman who stood by taking cell phone video of her then-boyfriend as he robbed and attempted to strangle a female letter carrier was sentenced Monday to six months behind bars for helping steal mail from the postal worker.
Sherrie Shaw, 32, must also serve three years on supervised release following her federal prison term for receiving property obtained in the April 2018 robbery of a United States Postal Service carrier.
Prior to imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney described the video in which Shaw was heard “mocking and ridiculing” the struggling victim as evidence “that obviously troubled me.”
Co-defendant Tommy Lee Jones, 44, of Los Angeles was sentenced in September to four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of assaulting a federal employee resulting in bodily injury.
Prosecutors said they suspect Jones was operating as a drug dealer and the package he sought contained cash from narcotics sales.
Katherine Corrigan, Shaw’s attorney, told the court that her client had become involved with a “bad guy,” a connection she dubbed a “good girl/bad guy relationship.”
“She let her sense of responsibility go when it came to this guy,” Corrigan said.
The assault took place after an expected piece of mail was not delivered to Shaw’s address. Shaw and Jones then tracked down the postal worker — identified in court papers by the initials W.C. — a few doors down and confronted her, demanding that they search her USPS truck.
“When W.C. refused, Jones violently assaulted her, took the package by force, and handed it so Shaw,” prosecutors wrote. “She took the package home and then returned to the scene.”
When she got back, she began filming Jones as he threatened the victim and continued the assault. Prosecutors wrote that the recording captures Jones pulling the letter carrier’s hair with such force that her hair weave separated from her scalp.
Shaw did not use violence, but she did shout insults at the victim, court papers show. Afterward, Shaw sent text messages to friends making light of the crime, stating that the attack was “so funny,” according to federal prosecutors, who wrote that the impact of the defendants’ actions on the victim was “profound.”
“In the wake of the assault, victim W.C. suffered physical injuries and missed work — an understandable result of the violence and threats she suffered,” they wrote.
Shaw apologized in court to the victim for “a horrible incident that I know charged her life. I taught my daughter that every action has a consequence — and I’m an example of that.”