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Result clear: Broken leg

By MICHAEL KRUSE
Published February 21, 2007


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Shannan Prater, 32, returns Tuesday to the stairs of her home in Brooksville, where her husband hit her with his truck on March 17, 2006. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

BROOKSVILLE - Shannan Prater has damage to her right leg she says will never heal because of what happened in the early morning hours of March 17, 2006, in front of a mobile home on Oakdale Avenue.

The man who hit her with his full-size Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was her husband - still is, actually, because divorces cost money - and last November he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with the same.

He was sentenced a little more than a month ago to 11 months and 29 days in the Hernando County Jail, plus two years of house arrest, plus 17 years of probation, plus he was ordered to pay $217,000 of medical bills, and that number's only going to go up.

Not enough, Shannan Prater said about the sentence back then.

Not enough, she still says.

"He should've done at least three years in prison," she said the other day on the phone.

Randall Prater said through a spokeswoman at the jail that he didn't want to talk about the sentence, but his attorney, Peyton Hyslop of Brooksville, said it was "appropriate."

In this domestic disturbance gone way too far, the cast of characters reads like this: Randall Prater, 36, an exterminator; Shannan Prater, 32, for the most part unemployed, mother to two children by Randall Prater; and two family friends, boyfriend-girlfriend, on-and-off laborers who had been evicted and needed a place to stay for a while. Those are the four people who were there that night at the mobile home.

The details of the depositions given by Shannan Prater and the two friends are inconclusive. For dinner, did they eat Hamburger Helper, Taco Bell or Checkers? Shannan Prater left about 11:30 p.m. to go to a gas station to get cigarettes, but which gas station - Hess, Sunoco, Speedway? And did she come home about 12:15 a.m. or 2 a.m.?

Shannan Prater says the former. Randall Prater says the latter.

All of them agree on pretty much just one thing: His truck hit her leg, and there was blood, and it was bad.

But other than that?

"He says it was an accident," Hyslop said. "She says it was on purpose."

He says he was trying to leave. She says she was trying to leave.

He says she was high on crack that night. She says he was high on crack that night.

He says she was having an affair on him. She says he was having an affair on her.

In any event, when Shannan Prater returned home that night, there was a confrontation, and yelling, and mean, foul-mouthed name-calling, and at some point she was on the porch and he was in his truck.

"And he like, you know, made it like, you know, jerk forward," Shannan Prater said in her deposition. "I was like, 'Whatever. What are you going to do now? Are you going to hit me?' And by the time I said that, he began to come after me.

"The truck started - he - I saw the whole truck go whoop, like this, and I turned and I hit one, two steps up the porch, turned around to see where he was at, fell down, so I was laying basically down the stairs. My whole body was down ...

"And he ran up me."

The collision broke both bones in her lower right leg, the bones broke through her skin, and there also was nerve and muscle damage.

"He does admit that he was trying to scare her with the vehicle," Hyslop said in November. "But hitting her was a total accident."

"What happened was a horrible thing," Randall Prater said on the phone in January the week before his sentencing. "But it was an accident."

"This is a man who ran me over," Shannan Prater said in November.

She was asked in January after the sentencing hearing what she thinks he should learn from this.

"Basically," she said, "you don't run your wife over with your truck."

Michael Kruse can be reached at mkruse@sptimes.com or 352 848-1434.

[Last modified February 20, 2007, 20:37:47]


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