The woman accused of stabbing to death 42-year-old Sandra White has a criminal record of prostitution and other minor offenses and an addiction to crack cocaine.
Shannon Lynn Chamberlain was previously convicted of engaging in sex acts for pay and related crimes dating back to 2002, court records show.
Chamberlain, 27, was charged Wednesday in Saturday’s fatal stabbing outside an apartment in Wilkes-Barre’s North End. Authorities say an argument over a missing bank access card led to the late-night stabbing.
Chamberlain, who had addresses listed in Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke, has been locked up on an arrest warrant since she was captured on Sunday. Wilkes-Barre police issued the warrant for resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 12.
According to court records:
Court records show Chamberlain pleaded guilty in September 2003 to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property in 2002. She was sentenced to time serve and was placed on probation and parole until March 2004.
In the months prior, Chamberlain was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of escape and two counts misdemeanor counts of prostitution and related offenses.
Wilkes-Barre police said Chamberlain offered an undercover cop a sex act for $30 in the back of an unmarked cruiser in June 2003.
Police alleged Chamberlain gave police her sister’s name and tried to flee during her arrest; however, charges of making false reports to law enforcement and resisting arrest were later withdrawn during her plea hearing.
Chamberlain was sentenced to one year probation on escape and loitering charges. Charges of resisting arrest and providing false reports to law enforcement were withdrawn.
In July 2005, Wilkes-Barre police arrested her after she was found in possession of one packet of heroin and a glass pipe found inside of her purse, arrest records state.
Patrol officers observed Chamberlain and a man, who later fled, acting suspiciously near Penn Plaza in the area of Sambourne and Sullivan streets.
Chamberlain entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of drug possession in October.
On Feb. 23, 2007, Wilkes-Barre police charged Chamberlain with receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor, and a summary charge of driving while operating privilege was suspended or revoked.
At the time of her arrest, Chamberlain was recently released from prison for the escape charge in 2003.
A warrant was issued for her arrest for failure to appear to a formal arraignment in June 2007. Chamberlain was later arrested and pleaded not guilty during her arraignment in August.
A second bench warrant was issued for her arrest after Chamberlain failed to appear to a hearing on October.
On Feb. 2, 2008, she was found guilty and sentenced to 67 days time served and was placed on probation until Nov. 26, 2008. Additional warrants were issued for her arrest for two violations of her probation conditions on separate occasions.
While she was on probation, Wilkes-Barre police arrested her on charges on public drunkenness and similar misconduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct on June 18, 2008.
Police alleged Chamberlain was one of two prostitutes loitering in the area of Sullivan and South Franklin streets. She was found in possession of a crack pipe.
A warrant was issued Feb. 23 because she failed to appear for her preliminary hearing scheduled Feb. 19.
Chamberlain was arraigned Tuesday on those charges and charges from two other incidents last year in Hanover Township.
Township police charged her with providing false identification to law enforcement.
Chamberlain, who was one of three people spotted inside a suspicious vehicle parked on Dexter Street, told police she was five months pregnant. Police later found out she was not. Children and Youth Services were contacted due to her pregnancy claim and over possibly smoking crack.
A bench warrant was issued on Oct. 14 for failure to appear. She was arraigned Tuesday on giving a false identification charge.
On Dec. 21, township police alleged Chamberlain attempted to engage in sexual activity for pay on West Liberty Street at the Franklin Junction, Earth Conservancy Mine Reclamation Project.
Chamberlain was charged with promoting prostitution and related offenses. Chamberlain told police she was picked up at the Taco Bell on South Main Street Wilkes-Barre and was getting ready to perform a $50 sex act on the man. She then told police she was addicted to crack cocaine and that she needed the money for the drug.
A bench warrant was issued Feb. 3 for failure to appear to her preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 2. She also failed to appear for a formal arraignment in April.