Shoni Schimmel pleaded not guilty to assaulting a former partner following an arrest on Friday in Oregon. The former WNBA All-Star and Liberty player has been charged with assault by strangulation of an intimate dating partner and assault resulting in substantial bodily injury due to an incident alleged to have occurred in June 2021, according to The Oregonian.
She was first arrested the following day on charges including felony assault and criminal mischief.
Schimmel faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, three years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Schimmel made two WNBA All-Star teams with the Atlanta Dream. Her last WNBA season came in 2018 with the Las Vegas Aces. Schimmel also played in college for Louisville and is third on the school’s all-time scoring list.
A jury trial is set to begin in June.
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