D.A. Vance Announces Sentencing In Dangerous Police Chase
Defendant Injured Police Officer, Pedestrian During SoHo Chase
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of SHAUNA KING in New York State Supreme Court to a minimum of nine years in prison. KING, 33, was convicted at trial on January 27, 2010, on charges of Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, and Identity Theft. On July 6, 2007, when police attempted to stop KING regarding the use of fraudulent credit cards in a retail store, KING led police on a wild car chase through lower Manhattan, injuring several people, including a police officer.
“The defendant’s reckless attempt to evade the police threatened the lives of the responding police officers, as well as nearby pedestrians and drivers,” said District Attorney Vance. “The severity of this sentence reflects the potentially deadly consequences of the defendant’s actions.”
According to testimony delivered during trial, on July 6, 2007, KING and co-defendant FRANCIS CHANNELL entered a True Religion clothing store located on 132 Prince Street and attempted to make a purchase using a fake Virginia license and a Discover card that did not belong to either of them. After being unable to make a purchase, the pair entered a red Nissan Altima parked outside. A police officer approached the car, which prompted KING, the driver, to drive off as several police officers chased on foot. Officer Anthony Biondolilo approached the car, and KING intentionally turned the car toward the officer and hit the officer with the car. Biondolilo was thrown over a parked car, causing elbow, wrist, back, and ankle injuries, and KING proceeded to drive eastbound.
At the corner of Mercer and Houston streets, KING hit multiple cars, nearly striking a woman with a baby carriage as she continued fleeing the police. At Houston and Broadway, KING ran a red light and struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk, causing him injury. KING continued fleeing the police while driving along Houston. At the corner of Houston and Christie Street, KING exited the car and fled on foot, eventually getting into a taxi cab. The taxi cab was pulled over by police officers and KING was arrested.
CHANNELL was arrested on Prince Street and pled guilty on April 9, 2008, to one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and one count of Identity Theft. On May 1, 2008, CHANNELL was sentenced to two to four years in prison.
District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorney Patricia Stolfi-Collins, who prosecuted the case under the supervision of Trial Bureau 40 Chief Armand Durastanti.
SHAUNA KING, 1/29/73
Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts
Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
Identity Theft in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count
Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
FRANCIS CHANNELL, 4/19/76
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony
Identity Theft in the Second Degree, a class E felony
A class D felony is punishable by up to 7 years in prison, a class E felony is punishable by up to 4 years in prison, and a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.