Three sisters in South Carolina, Shaquana Bacote, 29, Shontavia Bacote, 21, and Zaquiera Bacote, 17, have been charged with first-degree assault and burglary after attacking a 12-year-old girl following a previous dispute.
The Columbia Police Department believes the motive behind the crime stemmed from an altercation that occurred between the suspect’s youngest sibling and the 12-year-old. Police believe the argument prompted the sisters to break into the 12-year-old’s home on October 1 at 6:00 p.m. and assault her. FOX News reported that the break-in happened at home on the 1500 block of Craven Street.
Officials also reported that the trio had assaulted the youth by delivering several blows to her face through punches and slaps before fleeing the home. The injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening.
BET reported that Shaquana has also been charged with malicious injury to property while Shontavia has also been charged with strong-arm robbery. FOX News reported that Shontavia is also accused of stealing the victim’s cell phone.
It remains unclear if the sisters have attorneys or what charges the three will be facing. They were booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The young girl’s name has not been released to the public on account of her being a minor.
Laws and penalties will differ from state to state but in South Carolina, the maximum sentence for a first-degree burglary charge is 15 years to life in prison. Second and third-degree burglary charges will offer softer penalties depending on the violence of the crime or whether or not the suspect has been charged before.
A first-degree assault charge, which the sisters were also charged with, has the potential of being an additional 10 years in prison should the maximum sentence be given.
Though not many details are available as of yet, information on the suspect’s trial and sentencing is forthcoming.
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