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Woman Convicted of Shooting Lover Over Poor Sex Performance
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Oakland County prosecutors are fighting the release of a 58-year-old Southfield woman admitted she shot her lover over his performance in bed.
Sadie Bell was convicted in April of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for shooting her boyfriend, Edward Lee, in the stomach in January of 2013 -- but she's now been granted bond pending an appeal.
According to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton, Bell admitted she had sex with Lee at her apartment, then shot him over his poor performance. She also accused Lee of cheating.
"The underlying facts in this are a little bizarre," Walton told WWJ's Sandra McNeill, "in that the defendant in this case was having a 15-year affair with the victim, Mr. Lee."
"She was upset with him," Walton said, "after a sexual act that she felt he wasn't performing adequately and accused him then of having an affair, and then took out a gun and shot him."
Walton said Bell made a "very graphic, detailed statement to police explaining why she shot her lover."
"She also said to the police some very graphic things about how she expected him to perform, she was a cheap date, she liked sex, she expected him to be able to do what he's promised," Walton said. "And she said, in essence, to quote her, she was pissed off, so she shot him."
Bell was sentenced to 20 months to 10 years in prison for the assault and another two years on a gun charge; but her attorney filed a motion to get her out on bond pending appeal and, "strangely" Walton said, the court granted it.
Walton believes Bell, who allegedly shot another man -- her husband -- in 1991, should remain behind bars as she's a risk to public safety.
Prosecutors are appealing the bond ruling.
"She has demonstrated that her past behavior is to act out in violence, not necessarily with reason," Walton said. "A normal person would walk away from situation when they felt they were being cheated on or leave -- not take out a gun and shoot someone."
The court ordered a $10,000 cash bond, which Bell hadn't posted as of Thursday.
Walton said Lee, who suffered wounds to his colon and pancreas, nearly died and was hospitalized for six weeks. He remains in recovery.
No charges were brought against Walton in the 1991 shooting.
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