Indictment: Woman broke into house, assaulted homeowner

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 29-year-old Montevallo woman has been indicted on multiple felony charges related to a 2013 incident, during which police said she broke into a Maylene house and assaulted the homeowner while fleeing officers.



Angela Kelly, whose address was listed in the 100 block of Shelby County 22 in Montevallo, was indicted by a Shelby County grand jury in October 2013 on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, resisting arrest and two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

Kelly has remained in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $151,000 since her June 7, 2013 arrest, and has entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to the charges.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to serve an outstanding felony warrant on Kelly in the Pea Ridge community when Kelly allegedly fled to Alabaster on June 6, Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said at the time of Kelly’s arrest.

While SCSO deputies and Alabaster officers were attempting to locate Kelly, the suspect allegedly broke into Joy Sullivan’s house on Shelby County 17 in Maylene and severely beat her.

According to Kelly’s indictment, she allegedly severely injured Sullivan by “striking her repeatedly in the face with her fist and hitting her in the head with a computer tower.”

Rigney said Kelly barricaded herself in Sullivan’s home until Kelly hit the panic button on Sullivan’s car, alerting officers to the suspect’s location.

Officers were forced to kick in the door to the residence to arrest the suspect and secure Sullivan, Rigney said.

After the incident, Sullivan, who was at home alone at the time of the incident, was treated in a local hospital’s intensive care unit.

Sullivan appeared at the Alabaster City Council’s July 1, 2013, meeting to thank the Alabaster police and fire departments, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Paramedical Services for their assistance during the incident.

During the council meeting, Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon presented a proclamation honoring the police, firefighters, deputies and paramedics who helped during the incident.

Kelly is scheduled to appear at the Shelby County Courthouse for a status hearing at 8:30 a.m. on April 8.

If convicted of the crimes, Kelly could face up to 20 years in prison for the first-degree assault charge, and could face between 10 and 99 years in prison apiece for the first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges.

Joy Sullivan, left, and Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon, center, thank 23 first responders for their help during a June 2013 incident at Sullivan's home. (File)

Joy Sullivan, left, and Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon, center, thank 23 first responders for their help during a June 2013 incident at Sullivan’s home. (File)