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Mother gets 22 years in prison for killing Bragg soldier

Posted February 11, 2011

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— A South Carolina woman who admitted to killing her soldier daughter on Fort Bragg in February 2010 was sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding announced Friday.

Linda Hough Shannon, 51, will also serve a five-year term of supervised release and must pay $512,780 in restitution.

Linda Shannon confessed to stabbing her daughter, Pfc. Autumn Michelle Shannon, 32, with a large kitchen knife during an argument. Prosecutors said Autumn Shannon suffered more than 150 stab wounds and cuts.

She was found dead in her home, at 147 S. Dougherty Drive, on Feb. 22, 2010 after a neighbor called military police. Her mother was in the house covered in blood.

Linda Shannon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faced a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Autumn Shannon is survived by her husband.


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  • noturaveragesoccermom Feb 16, 2011

    she wont last long in prison...

  • RB-1 Feb 11, 2011

    Bullfrog - "Put her in military prison."

    You don't know how the military works, do you.

  • Dez T Feb 11, 2011

    What a shame!

    Praying for those who REALLY loved that girl.

    A lesson to all of us how uncontrolled anger can affect one.

  • 426X3 Feb 11, 2011

    Put her in military prison.

  • mrcrosbys Feb 11, 2011

    She will be 73 when she gets out since federal time is usually day for day and does not count off for any good time. So how is a 73 year old going to pay back $512,780? That was a silly part of the sentence

  • RomneyRyan2012 Feb 11, 2011

    150+ stab wounds because of an argument? She was in an uncontrolled rage!! The poor child was probably dead after the first few stabs.

  • Proud Airman Feb 11, 2011

    I'm sure the $762,780 will get paid. What a joke. Is like in prison not enough. I realize it could have been worse (death penatly), but really?

  • BigUNCFan Feb 11, 2011

    I often wonder why the slap these huge fines in addition to prison time when it is obvious that the people are not going to be able to pay 512,000 dollars.

    Isn't the prison sentence enough? It is going to cost more to collect than anything the state is going to get out of her. Also, you only make it harder for the criminal to get back on their feet after prison and make returing to crime that much more attractive.

    If you want to give harsher punishment instead, give her the death penalty or life without parole. But having the state try to collect an uncollectable 500+ K fine is just dumb.

  • 2323 Feb 11, 2011