Shanterrica Madden Sentenced To 29 Years In Prison
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - The woman convicted of stabbing a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player to death has been sentenced to 29 years total in prison.
Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Don Ash on Tuesday sentenced Shanterrica Madden of Memphis to 25 years for second-degree murder and four years for tampering with evidence, with the sentences to be served consecutively
Judge Ash said during sentencing that he did not find her credible or remorseful, during the trial or in her statement read before the court Tuesday.
Madden's father had taken the stand to testify during her sentencing, saying he thought the case got more consideration because Tina Stewart was a basketball player.
"If it had been my child, would it have been the same type of justice? If there were no athletics involved?" Frank Madden asked.
Defense attorney Joe Brandon also read a statement from Shanterrica Madden that said in part: "I could have saved her. I wish I did. I wish I could give Tina her life back. I am sorry I can't bring her back."
Madden was convicted in May of second-degree murder in the March 2, 2011, death of Stewart, also from Memphis, at an off-campus apartment they shared.
At her trial, Madden acknowledged stabbing Stewart but claimed she had acted in self-defense against her larger and more athletic roommate. Prosecutors argued that Madden's action was premeditated after Stewart reported her for smoking marijuana.
She took the stand in her own defense, and apologized to Stewart's family.
Jurors ruled Madden did not act in self-defense, but they also didn't find the act was premeditated-- therefore the lesser charge of second degree murder.
She was also convicted of tampering with evidence.
The 21-year-old Stewart was a veteran on the Lady Raiders team. Her boyfriend testified he had planned to propose to her after she graduated.