Salisbury Woman Pleads Guilty To Ocean City Hit-And-Run
SNOW HILL, Md. - Guilty. That was the plea Jasmine Shuman entered Wednesday in Worcester County Circuit Court, almost five months to the day she struck then 5-year-old Jalyn Shaw in an Ocean City cross walk.
"I thought she was dead. I thought my child was dead," said Erin Shaw, Jalyn's mother, shortly after the hit-and-run accident this summer. "I don't know how anyone else around could have thought any different."
Shaw listened intently during the 20 minute trial, Jalyn, now six, curled in her lap.
Shuman was charged with seven counts in the June incident, where reports say Jalyn was struck and thrown nearly 70 feet down Baltimore Avenue. They also showed Jalyn had serious brain injuries as well as physical and emotional scars.
Shuman agreed to plead guilty to one count of "Failure to Immediately Stop at the Scene of an Accident Involving Bodily Injury," after it was amended to include "Serious Bodily Injury," and was upgraded to a felony.
Still, after five months of recovery for Jalyn, and months of anticipation of the trial, the outcome is still uncertain. Jasmine could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine when she's sentenced.
Shuman - a Salisbury resident and student at Morgan State University - will remain on bond until she learns how much time, if any, she'll have to serve.
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