Lufkin woman who beat her 2 kids with computer cord gets 9 1/2 years in prison

Lufkin woman who beat her 2 kids with computer cord gets 9 1/2 years in prison

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge sentenced a Lufkin woman who beat her two children with a computer cord to 114 months in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Thursday.

Shadondra Jenkins appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District courtroom Thursday for a sentencing hearing.

Katrina Carswell, an assistant prosecutor for the Angelina County District Attorney's Office, said that the judge told Jenkins her previous guilty plea saved her children from having to testify in court. White said that was the reason why she was spared the maximum sentence for the two felony injury to a child charges, according to Carswell.

Lufkin police arrested her on Aug. 20, 2013 after she allegedly whipped her 13-year-old daughter with a computer cord because she had accidentally burned food she was cooking for the family.

After police arrested Jenkins in August, they obtained a warrant for a second count after an investigation into similar injuries to her eight-year-old son.

Jenkins refused to take a plea bargain deal in October 2013 because it didn't include probation.

District Attorney Art Bauereiss said back in October 2013 that Jenkins was looking at least 20 years in prison for the crime.

"This is a child abuse case," Bauereiss said.

Jenkins' three children are now in her mother's custody.

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