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Second teen charged in Youngsville shooting

Posted August 17, 2012 11:04 a.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2012 11:37 a.m. EDT

— A 16-year-old girl has been charged in connection with an early-morning home invasion in which a Youngsville woman was shot in the face, authorities said Friday.

The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a firearm.

She is the second suspect charged in the incident, which happened about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said the victim, Rhonda Maclean, 43, was shot at her home on Shearin Court after she heard a noise and discovered the suspects in her home.

The bullet entered her cheek and exited near her ear, he said, and she is expected to be OK.

She was able to go to a neighbor's house for help.

Investigators found the suspects – Shannon Nyamodi, 18, and the girl – at a nearby home around mid-morning Thursday and took them into custody for questioning.

Nyamodi was held under a $500,000 bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and larceny of a firearm.

Jones said the girl lives in the neighborhood where the shooting happened and both suspects had spent time at the Maclean's home.

Maclean handled the bank accounts for her office, Jones said, adding that suspects allegedly expected her to have a money bag for deposits at the home.

"We pretty much thought robbery was the motivation, and that's what it turned out to be," he said.

A money bag and other evidence were found in an abandoned house less than a half-mile from the woman's home.