Woman sentenced for running over ex with SUV

2013-10-31T10:57:00Z 2013-10-31T19:06:09Z Woman sentenced for running over ex with SUVGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
October 31, 2013 10:57 am  • 

A Billings woman who admitted in April to purposely running over her estranged husband with a sport-utility vehicle was sentenced on Thursday.

District Judge Susan Watters sentenced Shawna Mae Smith, 34, to 10 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, with seven years suspended, for felony assault with a weapon.

Watters also ordered Smith to pay $167,378 in restitution, mostly to cover the victim’s medical bills, and dismissed a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury.

The sentence followed a joint recommendation from county prosecutors and the defense in exchange for Smith’s guilty plea.

In November 2012, Smith and her estranged husband, Steve Furlong, were arguing as he walked on the sidewalk and she drove alongside him in an SUV.

Court documents say Smith then drove the SUV over the sidewalk and ran over Furlong, breaking his leg, before driving away.

After Thursday’s sentencing, law enforcement took Smith into custody.

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