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Shepard could face additional felony chargesSubmitted: 01/27/2015
CRANDON - Prosecutors think a Forest County woman protected her boyfriend after he threw the woman's young son across a room in 2013.

Jennifer Shepard is charged with three felonies for abuse, neglect, and helping a felon. Her boyfriend Brandon Brunette was sentenced to fifteen years in prison in October for throwing the boy.

Shepard was in court today. She could face another felony.

"I do know that new evidence has come forward that will result in additional charges and those charges would be in the form of what would be called felony bail jumping, or bail jumping itself for violating conditions of bond," says District Attorney Chuck Simono.

Simono was the prosecutor in the case. That will change. That's because Brandon Brunette is Mary Simono's nephew. Mary Simono and Chuck Simono are married.

"I would intend to call Mary Simono as a witness, and then attorney Simono would be in the position of having to cross-examine his wife on the stand," explains Defense Attorney Greg Petit. "I think this is the kind of case where appointment of special prosecutor would be a valid request."

Shepard will be back in court in April.

Story By: Kaitlyn Howe

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