Jury finds S.C. elderly woman shot with stun guilty of misdemeanors


The Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C.- A jury found a 76-year-old woman guilty Thursday of trespassing and resisting police in an incident that ended with an officer zapping her with a stun gun.

Margaret Kimbrell chose to pay a $790 fine instead of serving 60 days in jail, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported for Friday's editions. Her attorney said she plans to appeal.

Kimbrell's case received national attention after she was shot with the 50,000-volt Taser in October 2004 while trying to visit a resident at an assisted-living home.

Kimbrell had been banned from visiting the resident by his guardian and police were called after staffers could not get her to leave.

The officer who shocked Kimbrell, Hattie Jean Macon, testified Thursday that Kimbrell twice pulled away from her grasp, then tried to walk into a dining area. "I Tasered her at that point," Macon said.

Macon said she wanted to protect other staff and residents. Kimbrell was "loud, rude and ugly to myself and the staff," Macon said.

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