Shanterrica Madden sentenced to 29 years for murder of roommate - WKRN News 2

Shanterrica Madden sentenced to 29 years for murder of roommate

Posted: Updated: July 17, 2012 05:07 PM
Shanterrica Madden was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of her roommate, Tina Stewart. Shanterrica Madden was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of her roommate, Tina Stewart.
Stewart was fatally stabbed in March of 2011. Stewart was fatally stabbed in March of 2011.
Before sentencing, Madden's father took the stand and apologized to Stewart's family. Before sentencing, Madden's father took the stand and apologized to Stewart's family.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Former Middle Tennessee State University student Shanterrica Madden was sentenced Tuesday to 29 years in prison for the 2011 murder of her roommate, Lady Raider basketball player Tina Stewart.

Madden fatally stabbed Stewart in an off-campus apartment the two shared in early March of 2011 but claimed self-defense.  She was found guilty in May.

Judge Don Ash sentenced Madden, now 20, to 25 years for the second degree murder conviction and four years for tampering with evidence.  

The sentences will be served consecutively and Madden must serve 30% of the four-year sentence.

Twenty five years was the maximum sentence as a first time offender for the second degree murder conviction.  

She faced up to six years for the tampering with evidence conviction.

Before sentencing, Madden's father took the stand and apologized to Stewart's family.

"We are Christian people.  We are forgiving people. You all are Christian people. You all are forgiving people," he said, adding, "She made a mistake and didn't know how to handle it."

He continued, "To the Stewart family, we are sorry but it was two young ladies that got into a fight and I think the biggest problem is she didn't call 911."

"I ask you all to forgive my child. I know you won't forget but I ask you to forgive my child. She a humble child and a child of God," he concluded, adding, "She made a mistake."

A letter written by Shanterrica Madden was also read aloud in the courtroom.

In the letter, Madden apologized to the Stewart family saying, "I'm sorry for all the pain, tears and heartache I've caused your family.  I hope your family can forgive me."

Madden won't be eligible for parole for at least 26 years.  By then, she will be 46-years-old.

Madden will serve her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women.

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