Shanteari Weems was sentenced on Friday, February 3, 2023 to 60 months in prison, execution of the sentence suspended for all but 48 months, for aggravated assault in the July 21, 2022, shooting of her husband at the Salamander, previously known Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
Weems pleaded guilty on November 28, 2022, to one count of aggravated assault and one count of carrying a pistol without a license. The Honorable Michael O’Keefe accepted the defendant’s plea and sentenced her to 60 months of incarceration with the execution of the sentence to be suspended as to all but 48 months for the aggravated assault, and 24 months of incarceration with the execution of the sentence for the carrying a pistol without a license, to be suspended as to all 24 months. Following her release, the defendant will be placed on 24 months of supervised probation.
According to the government’s evidence, on July 21, 2022, Weems drove down to the District from Baltimore. She confronted her husband (the victim) at the hotel regarding allegations that the victim had been molesting children at the defendant’s daycare. The defendant shot the victim in the neck and the left leg, shattering the victim’s femur. After shooting the victim, Weems barricaded the hotel room by placing her back against the door, preventing officers from coming inside. After approximately 25 minutes, officers forced entry and apprehended the defendant.
A search warrant was obtained and executed in the hotel room. Inside, officers found Weems’s firearm in her purse and a note written by Weems evidencing her intent to shoot the victim.