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Monroe Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder

Amethyst Baird Rathore

32-year-old Amethyst Baird Rathore of Monroe has pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder of a police officer and three other charges in the January shooting of a state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agent. Rathore’s attorney has said she suffered a concussion prior to the shooting of agent Tyler Wheeler. Legal analyst Tim Meche says her attorney may use that defense at the sentencing hearing.

Fourth District Attorney Steve Tew didn’t expect her plea, but will seek the longest sentence possible based on the fact she’s a habitual offender. Meche expects Rathore to receive a lengthy sentence.

Rathore shot Wheeler four times during a traffic stop in Morehouse Parish on January 7th. Meche expects law enforcement will have a strong presence at sentencing hearing to make sure Rathore is punished appropriately.