Woman sentenced in shooting over shrimp

Joann Boutte, 70, speaks with her attorney at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

A 70-year-old Beaumont woman was sentenced Monday, March 4, for shooting another woman in an argument over a bag of shrimp. 

Joann Boutte pleaded guilty to the June 2012 assault charge in exchange for a plea agreement of 10 years of probation. 

The argument began at an apartment complex at Dolores and Elmira streets in Beaumont on June 27, 2012, and eventually led to multiple shots being fired after Boutte went to her car and retrieved a hand gun, according to police. 

Boutte was struck in her right hand and the 23-year-old was shot in her right arm. Both were taken to Baptist Beaumont Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Judge John Stevens had some admonishing words for Boutte after her plea in Monday’s courtroom. 

“Somebody asking for shrimp should not lead to someone getting hit over the head and then shot,” he said. 

As part of the agreement, Boutte must undergo an anger management course, pay $1,400 in restitution and a $1,000 fine. 

Stevens also sentenced Boutte to 60 days in the Jefferson County jail. Boutte began sobbing openly upon the realization she would be confined. 

“You’re lucky you didn’t kill someone ...” Stevens said. “And over a bag of shrimp.”