Woman pleads guilty to shooting husband, gets prison term

August 18, 2014
Latasha Stapp

A South Strabane Township woman accused of shooting her husband in the chest and abdomen last year has been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Latasha Stapp of 3008 Clubhouse Circle in the Stone Creek plan along Route 19 pleaded guilty Aug. 7 to attempted criminal homicide before Washington County Common Pleas Judge John DiSalle, who then sentenced her.

Stapp faced additional charges – aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and four counts of reckless endangerment – in the March 12, 2013, shooting of Tyler Stapp at their apartment, with their children inside the home.

Those charges were not pursued as part of a negotiated plea agreement.

When police arrived following the shooting, they found Latasha Stapp in the middle of the street crying. Tyler Stapp was found inside wearing a T-shirt soaked with blood.

Latasha Stapp reportedly told investigators she shot her husband inside the apartment and again outside the apartment.

Police found a spent shell casing near the front door of the Stapps’ apartment, as well as blood on the floor and on the bed in the couple’s bedroom, where another spent shell casing was found. Several guns were in the bedroom closet.

Police found a 9 mm handgun in the bushes outside the apartment building.

Tyler Stapp survived three gunshots in his chest and one in the palm of his hand.

During her preliminary hearing, Latasha Stapp testified that she and her husband were having martial problems, and that they fought prior to the shooting.

She also said Tyler Stapp pulled her hair and slapped and punched her in the face.

Tyler Stapp told investigators a different story.

He said the pair had not been fighting, and that his wife told him to close his eyes because she had a surprise for him.

Latasha Stapp had only recently joined her husband in Pennsylvania. At the time of the incident, Tyler Stapp worked with explosives in the gas-drilling industry. Investigators said Latasha Stapp had lived in Ohio and Oklahoma before moving here from Texas.

As a part of her sentence, Latasha Stapp is not to have contact with her husband, and is to undergo anger-management and domestic violence counseling.

According to Washington County Court, the pair are still married.

Latasha Stapp has been taken to a state prison to serve her term.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

View More from this Author



blog comments powered by Disqus