DETROIT — A woman convicted of shooting her lover in the stomach because she was unhappy with his sexual performance is headed to prison after an appellate court overturned her bond Thursday.
Sadie Bell, 58, of Southfield, who was convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm in April for shooting Edward Lee, 60, has been out of jail since July 17 after Oakland County Circuit Judge Phyllis McMillen granted her a $10,000 bond while she appeals her conviction.
Prosecutors — noting that she faces 10 years in prison and that she also shot her then-husband in 1991 — appealed. In a sharply worded opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned McMillen's ruling, saying there was no evidence that Bell was not a threat to the community.
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, who sought the emergency appeal, said she was relieved Bell would be going to prison and questioned why McMillen would release someone with Bell's criminal history.
"We were very concerned," Cooper said. "It made no sense to us, and the Court of Appeals agreed with us."
Bell is expected to report to authorities within days.
Her story made national headlines. Bell, who works for an insurance agency, had a long-term affair with Lee, a married man, meeting him every Saturday night. On July 28, 2013, the two had sex in her Southfield apartment, and Bell complained Lee's performance and accused him of cheating on her, according to statements she eventually gave police.
The two argued, and Bell went into the bathroom, got a Smith & Wesson and shot Lee in the stomach. He lay wounded on the floor for several hours before she called 911. Lee was hospitalized for five weeks and underwent surgery for injuries to his pancreas and other organs.
Following her conviction, Bell was sentenced by McMillen to 20 months to 10 years for the assault, and a mandatory two years for the gun charge, but was then issued bond.
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