Woman sentenced for assaulting homeowner while running from cops

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 30-year-old Montevallo woman will spend the next five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to breaking into a Maylene house and assaulting a homeowner while running from police in 2013.



On June 10, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves sentenced Angela Kelly, whose address is listed in the 100 block of Shelby County 22 in Montevallo, to 20 years in prison, but split the sentence between five years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation.

Kelly received 369 days of jail credit for the time she served in the Shelby County Jail since her June 7, 2013 arrest. While incarcerated, Kelly must complete a substance abuse treatment program, must pay $1,171 in restitution and avoid contact with the victim in the case.

Kelly 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. She pleaded guilty to the first-degree robbery charge, and her remaining charges were dropped through a plea agreement.

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, 2013, 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.

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)