Posted: Mar 28, 2014 6:44 PM by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Mar 28, 2014 7:11 PM
MEXICO - An Audrain County jury found a Mexico man guilty of assault Friday for punching a woman in the face leaving her unconscious in 2012.
The jury convicted Jordan Shelton of assaulting then 18-year-old Chay Hatton during a fight on Nov. 18, 2012. According to a previous KOMU 8 News report, Hatton's mother Kelly Belcher said her daughter was covered in blood and in and out of consciousness at the hospital following the attack. She also said Shelton had been released from prison two weeks before the incident.
Chay Hatton told the Mexico Police Department back in 2012 she regained consciousness in the hospital more than 20 minutes after the incident on Haffen Drive. She said she had no memory of how she got there.
Prosecuting attorney Jacob Shellabarger said Shelton is a prior and persistent felony offender in Missouri and therefore his charges will carry heavier sentencing.
"Jordan Shelton expressed no remorse and no mercy in what he did to this young woman in 2012," Shellabarger said. "This young woman has no memory of what happened. The truth in this case came out because members of the community shared what they heard, saw and felt about what happened."
Judge Wesley C. Dalton will sentence Shelton on May 16 at the Audrain County Courthouse. Shelton faces up to 15 years in prison.