Jail Inmate Accused of Attacking Deputy


LCN - "A Livonia woman, in jail since before Christmas on a weapon and larceny charge, is facing several new felony charges after allegedly attacking a jail deputy, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sharry L. Habberfield, 53, was charged Jan. 9 with assault on a peace officer, a class C felony; second-degree assault, a class D felony; and first-degree attempted escape, a class E felony.

About 7:40 a.m., Habberfield asked for a deputy to assist her in the common area of her housing unit. After the deputy entered the housing unit, Habberfield attacked the deputy, choked her and threatened to kill her and to escape, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was able to defend herself until other deputies arrived to assist, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Habberfield was arraigned in Village of Geneseo Court before Justice Thomas Bushnell who remanded Habberfield back to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond, the amount requested by the District Attorney’s Office.

Handling the investigation and arrests for the Sheriff’s Office were several members of the Correctional Services Bureau, Police Services Bureau and the Sheriff’s Command Staff.

“The Deputy Sheriffs stationed inside our jails have a very difficult, dangerous and challenging job to do,” Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said in a statement. “Often times they do not get the recognition they so deserve. Please join me in changing that trend and recognizing our Jail Division members for their exceptional service in keeping our communities safe through the care, custody and control of the inmates.”

Habberfield had been arrested Dec. 19 after officers from the Greece Police Department located her driving on Dewey Avenue a 2012 Chevy Equinox that had been reported stolen.

The investigation began Dec. 18 when Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Butterbrodt responded to a residence in the town of Livonia for the report of the stolen Equinox sport utility vehicle. The vehicle’s owner alleged that Habberfield had taken the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

It was also reported that the vehicle had a .45 caliber pistol in it when it was taken, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office sent out alerts to law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Habberfield and the stolen vehicle, as well as an officer safety alert due to the pistol being in the vehicle.

Greece Police officers stopped Habberfield about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and turned her over to Sheriff’s deputies. The handgun was found in the vehicle.

Habberfield was charged in Livingston County with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony.

She was arraigned in Town of Livonia Court before Justice Margaret Linsner, who remanded Habberfield to the custody of the Sheriff on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, the amount requested by the District Attorney’s Office."

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