'Juggalo' sentenced to jail for threatening woman with hatchet in Cape Girardeau parking lot

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 ~ Updated 11:09 AM

A man who described himself as a "juggalo" pleaded guilty this morning to attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and third-degree assault.

Robin C. Shelman, 23, of Oklahoma City, Okla., received a sentence of 15 days in the Cape Girardeau County Jail for the third-degree assault and 30 days incarceration for the other charge. The sentence will run concurrently, and Shelman will receive credit for the 32 days already served.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said that the victim Shelman assaulted when he threatened her with a hatchet on March 14 could not be located by police. Had the case gone to trial, the state would have had to rely on the testimony of a "good Samaritan" who witnessed the incident and called police, Swingle said.

Shelman had become embroiled in an argument with a woman after cutting her off in traffic, according to records. They both pulled over into the parking lot of Steak n' Shake on William Street, and began yelling profanity at one another, according to the witness.

Shelman, who retrieved a hatchet from his car and brandished it at the woman, was later found by police, and arrested. When placed in a patrol car, he began fighting the officer and trying to kick him.

Shelman informed police he was a "juggalo, or fan of the Detroit-based band Insane Clown Posse. He had on an Insane Clown Posse T-shirt at the time of his arrest, had a "Juggalo" sticker on his car, and wore the band's logo, a clown bearing a hatchet, on his belt buckle.

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