Chamberlain couple gets suspended sentences for fighting in front of child

Brule County Courthouse

CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain couple has been given suspended jail sentences for fighting in front of a 5-year-old girl in August.

Shawna Sherman, 29, was granted a suspended imposition of sentence for contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a child on Dec. 11, and Matthew Sherman, 30, was given a suspended 180-day sentence in October for the same Class 1 misdemeanor offense.

On Aug. 2, according to court documents, the Shermans got into a fight at their Park Drive residence. Matthew was originally determined to be the primary aggressor, as Shawna and the 5-year-old who witnessed the incident reportedly said Matthew had caused Shawna to temporarily lose consciousness by choking her.

The following day, police were called to the residence for reports of a verbal fight, and Matthew was arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault.

On Aug. 9, Shawna was indicted on charges of domestic aggravated assault and contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a child for the previous week's events. The indictment alleges that during the fight, Shawna attempted to assault Matthew with a knife, and the child who witnessed the fight was put in danger by being near the altercation and being exposed to physical violence.


Matthew pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to one count of simple assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and one count of contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a minor. He was given a suspended 90-day sentence for the assault charge in addition to the 180 days that were suspended for the other offense, and he was ordered to pay $798 in fines and court costs. Shawna was ordered last week to pay $286.50 in court costs.

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