A Michigan woman arrested for shooting her married boyfriend in the stomach for poor sexual performance, having an affair, and because "he did not produce enough ejaculate" was released from jail last week pending an appeal of her 10-year sentence for the shooting. Sadie Bell was released on a $10,000 cash/surety bond Thursday.
The Raw Story reported July 20 that Sadie Bell had been sentenced on June 26. She had appealed the sentence. She then went before a district court for an appeal bond, which was granted by Circuit Judge Phyllis McMillen on Wednesday, according to The Detroti News.
Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Paul Walton said that they had filed an appeal with the judge.
He recalled the incident with Bell: "She was pretty graphic about why she had shot him,” he recollected. “She was convinced he was having an affair. She reached this conclusion by the fact that he didn’t produce enough ejaculate. So she shot him in the stomach.”
Southfield Police responded to a domestic violence call on July 28, 2013. When they arrived, Sadie Bell, 58, had been "cooperative and we recovered a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun,” Deputy Chief Nick Louissa said. It was during a later statement that she told authorities why she had shot the 60-year-old Edward Lee, her married boyfriend of 15 years.
Lee was in the hospital for the next five weeks. In that time, he underwent several different surgeries to repair damage to damage to his pancreas, colon, liver and kidney.
But Bell has a history of violence and Assistant Prosecutor Walton would like to see her behind bars until her sentencing appeal is decided. He noted that she had shot her husband in 1991. And even though her husband at the time would not cooperate and the charges against her were eventually dropped, she "clearly has a demonstrated history of violence."
The appeal bond, he hoted, was highly unusual, especially in this case.
“She appealed to the district court for an appeal bond,” Walton said. “We have a state court ruling that says that after a conviction for an offense, especially a violent offense, the court shall remand that person into custody while they await sentencing. Our position is that she had already received her sentence, she wasn’t awaiting.”
If Judge McMillen grants the appeal of her bond decision, Walton said, "then it's done. If not, we'll move up to the Court of Appeals."
Until then, or if Sadie Bell's appeal against her 10-year sentence for the shooting of Edward Lee is handed down first (making the appeal to rescind the bond appeal moot), she remains a free woman.