A woman has been sentenced to five years in state prison for attacking a deaf lesbian couple with a baseball bat.
Shaunda Lane of California City, pleaded guilty in mid-June to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Lane was arrested back in March, after attacking the victims with a baseball bat, striking one of them in the head, according to Desert Hot Springs police.
She allegedly became upset because she didn’t understand the women’s sign language.
The couple used hand signing to ask Lane to leave their property, but were attacked by Lane with a baseball bat according to a police report.
Lane has prior felony convictions for robbery, burglary, theft and check fraud, court records show.
Since the attack the women have been trying to get their lives back in order and the community has rallied together to help them. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the couple recover financially.
I really would like to thank the supporters who are my family and deaf friends, even deaf teachers, even hearing friends, also hearing families…who already knew who we are, for rest of our lives,” said Dee in the letter to SDGLN.
Both women suffered severe injuries; one a broken hand and concussion.
A Good Samaritan who only wishes to be identified as Team Mom stepped in to help the couple by setting up a GoFundMe page, which raised more than $2,300 over two months to help with the women’s medical bills.