Errika Shelton Gets 13-years For Deadly Crash During Chase - WSPA.com

Errika Shelton Gets 13-years For Deadly Crash During Chase

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Errika D. Shelton, 27, pleaded guilty to failure to stop for a blue light with a death involved, habitual offender with a death, reckless homicide, child neglect, driving under suspension, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Errika D. Shelton, 27, pleaded guilty to failure to stop for a blue light with a death involved, habitual offender with a death, reckless homicide, child neglect, driving under suspension, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

 

Updated: May 21, 2013

The woman accused of leading police on a high speed Interstate chase that ended in her daughter's death was sentenced to 13-years behind bars Tuesday.

Errika D. Shelton, 27, pleaded guilty to failure to stop for a blue light with a death involved, habitual offender with a death, reckless homicide, child neglect, driving under suspension, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Her 7-year-old daughter, Queniya, died as a result of the wreck that happened on August 6, 2012.

"Errika Shelton selfishly placed her own needs in front of those of her innocent daughter," Solicitor Barry Barnette said. 

Shelton's sentence also includes 5 years of probation.

Updated: August 13, 2012

The woman charged with leading police on a high speed interstate chase that ended in her daughter's death, was allowed to see 7 year old Queniya Shelton one final time before the girl's funeral Sunday.

In a release from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, Errika Shelton was granted a request to be allowed to briefly see her daughter prior to the funeral.

Shelton was transported to the funeral home by detention officers Sunday morning for the brief visit.

Deputies say Errika Shelton led them on a high speed chase on Monday, August 6th.

Queniya was ejected from the car after a crash and she died the next day.

Shelton was denied bond in a hearing Saturday - and two of the traffic charges against her were upgraded.

She faces charges of reckless homicide and habitual traffic offender causing death on a suspended license - along with four other charges - failing to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, unlawful neglect of a child and possession of marijuana.

Updated: August 11, 2012

Errika Shelton was denied bond on Saturday.

She is charged with reckless homicide, habitual traffic offender was upgraded to include death, Failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, unlawful neglect of a child by legal custodian or a parent, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Shelton's lawyer asked for a $150,000 dollar bond, the judge said she was a danger to the community.

"I do consider you a danger to the community based on prior record like charges. Some of the narratives in the warrants lead disregard for safety of others. I will deny your bond at this time."

Funeral services for Queniya Tykia Shelton will be held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Heritage Memorial Gardens.

Updated: August 11, 2012

The woman whose 7-year-old daughter died after Monday's police chase and crash has been released from the hospital and taken to jail.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Deputies has upgraded the charges for 26-year old Errika Shelton.

The reckless driving charge will be upgraded to reckless homicide, and the habitual traffic offender will be upgraded to include death.

Shelton's bond hearing is at 5 p.m. Satruday.

Seven On Your Side will be there to tell you what happens.

Updated: August 10, 2012

The woman whose 7-year-old daughter died after Monday's police chase and crash has been released from the hospital and taken to jail.

Armed guards drove Errika Shelton, 26, to the Spartanburg County Detention Center just before 3 p.m. Friday.

Shelton was wearing a hospital gown and cap, and both of her legs were in casts. Once guards helped Shelton from the police van and into a wheelchair, she threw a blanket over her head.

When asked by this reporter if she had anything to say about Monday's chase, Shelton broke out into a profanity-laced tirade and said, "get a better job motherf*****!"

Tune in to 7 On Your Side at 5 & 6 tonight to see the whole exchange with Shelton.

Updated: August 9, 2012

Just after lunch Thursday, Sheriff Chuck Wright released a copy of the dash cam video from the cruiser involved in Monday's deadly police chase and crash.

Click here to watch the video, and be sure to watch for Graeme Moore's entire report tonight at 5 and 6.

Disclaimer: Since a young girl was ejected during the wreck and later died, WSPA has made the decision to withhold publishing the crash itself. The video published is the unedited four minutes of chase leading up to the wreck.

Posted: August 8, 2012

The first round of charges has been filed against the Spartanburg woman whose 7-year-old child died after Monday's deadly police chase and crash.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Spartanburg County deputies charged Errika Shelton, 26, of 142 Lincoln Drive, with failing to stop for a blue light involving death, unlawful neglect of a child, third offense driving under suspension, reckless driving, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and habitual traffic offender. 

Sheriff Chuck Wright expects to file more charges including the possibility of a homicide-related charge. At a news conference Friday morning, Wright said no new charges have been filed yet, but he said it's still likely that more will come.

Shelton spent the entire week under guarded watch at Spartanburg Regional until she was released Friday afternoon.

Errika Shelton's biological daughter, Queniya Shelton, died Tuesday evening around 7:21 from brain injuries she suffered after being ejected from the SUV her mother was driving during Monday's chase.

[note: Earlier this week, the sheriff's office said the child was Shelton's niece, but it was learned later the child was the woman's biological daughter.]

Spartanburg County deputies tried to stop Shelton on Interstate 85 because they said she was tailing cars and weaving in and out of traffic. Wright said when Shelton wouldn't stop, his deputies pursued the woman who reached speeds topping 100 mph before crashing.

On Wednesday, Shelton's mother Trena Shelton Rice lashed out at the sheriff's office for pursuing her daughter and questioned whether they knew the young child was inside.

"What they [the sheriff's office] need to do is to be honest and let everybody know that they should have stopped that chase," the mother said.

Rice was raising Queniya and said she enjoyed gymnastics and school and loved playing in the afternoons at McDonald's or Chick-Fil-A's playgrounds with her grandfather.

"She was my life," Rice said during a tearful interview. "I can't move on. I'm just torn right now."

Sheriff Wright maintains his deputies never knew the child was inside the vehicle because the windows were dark and the woman was traveling so quickly. At a news conference earlier this week, Wright said his office will not be blamed for this one.

"The bad guy did this, and the bad guy's going to pay for this," the sheriff said.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported Wednesday morning that Shelton's license had been suspended 18 times since 2005. The paper also reported on Shelton's extensive criminal history, which the sheriff referenced as well.

Deputies in Spartanburg County say she has been involved in a previous pursuit.

Authorities chased Shelton for more than 60 miles through several counties in Georgia before she ran out of gas on I-85 in South Carolina last September.  Read the report here.

Wright called Shelton a repeat criminal who's received nothing but slaps on the wrist, and he called this case another example of a broken system.

"I'm sick of it, and the people of Spartanburg County are sick of it," he said.

Shelton's mother and the rest of her family said the young woman was a good person who would do anything for anyone, and they feel her past is just that: the past.

"They can make her out to be anything they want her to be, but that's my baby. And I'm going to stand by my child no matter what Chuck Wright says about her and the rest of them," Rice said. 

The sheriff said his deputies found around a half-pound of marijuana scattered near the SUV and inside after the crash.

The woman's family said only Shelton can answer why she didn't just stop for police, but they assume because of her suspended license she was scared and didn't know what to do.

"We all have made a wrong choice," Shelton's great aunt Bernice Evans said. "Only God can be the ultimate judge."

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