Woman Avoids State Prison Time For Homicide

Aug 27, 2014

Credit Forest County

A Wausau woman charged with allegedly running over a child in a driveway has avoided prison time but will spend time in local jail. But she has to follow strict guidelines or go to prison.

21 year old Shanice Stands was  17-years-old when she allegedly was high on marijuana and drove a vehicle, striking and killing a 3-year-old boy in September of 2010 in Forest county. Stands did not have a driver’s license, only a learner’s permit issued in Minnesota. The state filed vehicular homicide and negligent homicide charges against Stands. Stands also had bail jumping charges against her.

Forest County Circuit Judge Leon Stenz sentenced Stands to a year in the county jail for the bail jumping charge, given credit for time served and also Huber priviliges. She was also fined $5,000. For the homicide charges, Stenz laid out a possible 8 year state prison term, then stayed, or withheld, that sentence. She was placed on probation for five years and must meet a lengthy list of conditions to avoid going to prison after her local jail time is up. If Stands violates any of the conditions, she could be sent to prison for no less than three additional years.