Woman pleads guilty in connection to deputy's shooting

Stephanie Sipes (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)

A Caldwell County woman has been sentenced for her involvement in a shooting that left a deputy injured in July 2018. 

Stephanie Lee Sipes, 41, will spend 32 to 51 months behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravating factors in the shooting of 21-year-old Deputy Jordan Sherill. 

Deputies say Sipes was in the car around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 when Deputy Sherill was shot during a traffic stop on Cheraw Rd. near Pisgah Church Rd.

Sherill was wearing a protective vest at the time but was hit below the vest. He was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. 

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Following an investigation, deputies responded to a home on Zacks Fork Rd. where they learned there had been a breaking and entering. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team went to the house on July 17 where they found Sipes hiding under a blanket in the living room. 

The driver of the car accused of shooting the deputy, Kerry Edwin Townsend, was in a back bedroom. He fired shots at the SWAT team and was killed when they returned gunfire. 

James Edgar Roberts, 47, of Lenior, was also charged with accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. 

Authorities believe he provided transportation to Townsend and Sipes by driving them around while allegedly knowing they were responsible for the shooting.