The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and booked 43-year-old Shannon Jackson of Prescott for second degree murder for the shooting on December 27, 2021, of Sterling Wade Peters. The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute in the area whereby YCSO was contacted by a neighbor saying that Peters may have been shot during an altercation.
Ms. Jackson stated to YCSO detectives that during the argument, she had retrieved a .357 Magnum revolver off the floor of the house and fired two shots at Peter, one which stuck him in the side and one in the chest.
Though Jackson had originally claimed she shot Peters in self-defense, YCSO detectives determined that the numerous interview and physical evidence were not consistent with or justified under self-defense and was more properly should be categorized as a second-degree murder offense. “The detectives in this case did an exemplary job in their investigation” said Sheriff David Rhodes. “Though a crime may seem to lean one way, it is only the experience of our Criminal Investigation Bureau in letting the evidence lead them in the right direction that results in substantiated charges being filed”. Second degree murder conviction carries anywhere from a 10 year to 25-year sentence.