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Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:00 am

Ex-wife admits murder attempt

Put bag over man's head, beat him with glass jar, hammer

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman Friday admitted attempting to kill her ex-husband by trying to suffocate him and beating him with a hammer.

Shannon D. Labrosse, 41, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in Allen Superior Court and faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced April 12. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and strangulation in exchange for the plea.

The February 2017 attack in the man's home was the second time she hit him with a hammer. In 2011, when they were still married, she struck him repeatedly in the head with a hammer while he was in bed.

Labrosse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

In the later case, the man – who has multiple sclerosis – was sitting in a recliner in his living room when Labrosse placed a plastic bag over his head, a probable cause affidavit alleged. He tried to get away, but she hit him with a glass jar and then the hammer, police said.

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.

“It's OK, I got you,” Labrosse reportedly said several times during the attack.

Her lawyer filed paperwork last year indicating she would rely on an insanity defense at trial, which had been scheduled to start Tuesday. Doctors examined Labrosse and found she was competent to stand trial.

mleblanc@jg.net