SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A 58-year-old woman who was briefly released from jail after being convicted of shooting her lover over his performance in bed is headed back behind bars.
Sadie Bell was convicted in April of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for shooting her boyfriend, Edward Lee, in the stomach in January of 2013. She was sentenced last week to 20 months to 10 years in prison, but Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Phyllis McMillen granted Bell a $10,000 bond, pending an appeal.
On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned McMillen’s ruling and ordered Bell back to jail, saying evidence showing that Bell was not a threat to the community was never presented.
In their appeal, prosecutors noted that Bell has a history of violence — she shot her husband back in 1991 — and pointed out that she’s facing a decade behind bars for shooting Lee.
Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton is just one of the people who wanted Bell back in jail, saying the manner of the shooting and her motive, were chilling.
“The other fact that wasn’t brought out but is an important fact is that after she shot the victim in this case, she calmly packed up, left the apartment and left the victim to bleed out for 10 hours,” Walton told WWJ’s Sandra McNeil.
Bell is expected to surrender to authorities within the next few days.
The case has grabbed headlines around the nation.
“The underlying facts in this are a little bizarre,” Walton said, “in that the defendant in this case was having a 15 year affair with the victim, Mr. Lee.
“She was upset with him,” Walton said, “after a sexual act that she felt he wasn’t performing adequately and accused him then of having an affair, and then took out a gun and shot him.”
Walton said Bell made a”very graphic,” detailed statement to police explaining why she shot her lover.
“She stated that she knew he was having an affair because he wasn’t producing enough ejaculate,” Walton explained. “She also said to the police some very graphic things about how she expected him to perform, she was a cheap date, she liked sex, she expected him to be able to do what he’s promised; and she said, in essence, to quote her, she was pissed off, so she shot him.”
Lee, who suffered wounds to his colon and pancreas, nearly died and was hospitalized for six weeks. He remains in recovery.
No charges were brought against Bell in the 1991 shooting.