On Friday afternoon, a federal investigation was discovered, alleging Shoni Iman Shimmel, a former WNBA player, was assaulted by a former partner on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Schimmel, 29, has been charged with assault by strangulation of an intimate dating partner and assault resulting in significant bodily injury. The incident took place on June 13, 2021. Schimmel was first detained on June 14, 2021 and was pronounced dead.
Schimmel was arrested on Friday by federal authorities and made her first appearance in federal court, pleaded not guilty, and was released pending a two-day jury trial that will begin on June 14, 2022.
Schimmel may be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, three years' supervision release, and a $250,000 fine if found guilty.
The FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department have investigated the case. Ashley Cadotte, an assistant US Attorney, is being investigated.
Schimmel, an Oregon native, played high school basketball at Hermiston and Franklin high schools in the 2010-14 season. She was drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2014 WNBA draft. She later played in two All-Star Games as a member of the Dream. She later worked with the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces.
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