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October 6, 2009

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Louisa woman’s death probed

FALLSBURG - Police say foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a woman whose body was found in her car on a rural Lawrence County road last week.

The body of Shawnda Smith, 34, of Louisa, was discovered in a vehicle parked on Spankin Branch, in the Fallsburg area, about 5 p.m. Thursday, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

Smith had been reported missing and authorities were able to locate her vehicle using the signal from its Onstar navigation system, KSP Sgt. Aaron Martin said.

There were no signs of a struggle or any other indications of foul play, Martin said.

Smith’s body was sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. Investigators are still awaiting the results, Martin said.

Inmate gets 100 months in assault

PIKEVILLE - An inmate at the federal prison in Martin County on Monday received an additional sentence of more than eight years for a violent assault that left another prisoner partially paralyzed.

Manuel Cardosa, 29, of Dorchester, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to 100 months for assault resulting in bodily harm, U.S. Attorney James A. Zerhusen said.

Cardosa was convicted by a federal jury in June in the Dec. 10 attack. According to testimony at the trial, Cardosa jumped the other inmate from behind as he was entering a prison housing unit.

Cardosa knocked the victim to the floor and repeatedly jumped up and down on his head with both feet. The victim suffered permanent and life-threatening injuries.

Under federal law, Cardosa will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence, which will run consecutively to any time he still owes the Bureau of Prisons. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $94,399 to the BOP to cover the cost of his victim’s medical care.

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