Shaw makes initial appearance in Illinois
Twin Lakes resident accused of killing woman while under influence
By Jason Arndt
Twin Lakes resident Sheree Ann Shaw, accused of killing a 32-year-old McHenry woman while under the influence of heroin May 6, made her initial appearance in McHenry County Circuit Court July 25.
She faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence causing death and, if convicted, could face between four to 26 years imprisonment, depending on the discretion of the presiding judge.
Noting two failures to appear before court, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs is seeking an increase of the 45-year-old’s bond, previously reported as $100,000 in now-sealed documents.
“She appeared in our jail on Saturday,” Combs said. “We are filing a motion to increase bail.”
Shaw, who failed to appear in McHenry County Circuit Court June 7, had been arrested by U.S. Marshals on two occasions, most recently in Las Vegas on June 22, where she waived an extradition hearing in Clark County Circuit Court.
In the May 6 incident, Shaw allegedly drove her Ford Taurus on North Richmond Road in McHenry, striking a Harley Davidson Road Glide motorcycle, occupied by Thornton and her husband.
Initially, Shaw faced a charge of driving without a valid license, but when Thornton died May 15 of injuries suffered in the wreck, prosecutors added the felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence causing death on May 20.
After McHenry Police failed to locate Shaw in Twin Lakes, they sought help from U.S. Marshals, who took her into custody on May 26 and transported her to the Walworth County Jail in Elkhorn.
The following day, Shaw posted a $2,500 cash bond and $10,000 signature bond.
Conditions of bond included no consumption of alcohol, no operating a motor vehicle and a requirement to make all court appearances, including a June 24 extradition hearing in Walworth County Circuit Court.
However, when Shaw failed to appear June 7 in McHenry County Circuit Court, authorities issued a warrant.
Following more than two weeks of searching, the Twin Lakes Police Department attempted to execute search warrant at her 147 Lance Drive apartment June 21 and, in turn, received a tip from a local resident.
The next day, U.S. Marshals took her into custody in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, the June 24 extradition hearing in Walworth County has been closed, according to online court records.