By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon woman is competent to face prosecution after allegedly assaulting a Canadian County jailer, a judge has determined.
Shannon Bree Whisted, 38, was charged Sept. 13 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin alleges the defendant on Aug. 21 “willfully and unlawfully” bit Canadian County sheriff’s deputy Katie Wade on her left wrist intending to injure her while she “was performing the duties of a detention corporal”, according to court documents.
The felony crime is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $500 fine.
Whisted has been at the Canadian County Jail since being booked May 2 on previous criminal charges for resisting an officer, child abuse and unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Whisted, represented by attorney J.P. Hill, appeared at a competency hearing Nov. 9 in Canadian County District Court.
After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, Special Judge Charles Gass determined the defendant “is competent for purposes of criminal prosecution” and that “criminal proceedings shall resume.”
Whisted’s previous misdemeanor drug possession and felony child abuse crimes were investigated by Yukon Police.
The misdemeanor resisting an officer case is pending.