Former WNBA player charged with assault on Umatilla Indian Reservation

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A former WNBA player has been charged with allegedly assaulting her partner on the Umatilla Indian Reservation last year.

Shoni Iman Schimmel, 29, of Pendleton, has been charged with assault by strangulation of an intimate partner and assault causing substantial bodily harm.

Schimmel was arrested and made her first court appearance on Friday where she pleaded not guilty and released pending a two-day trial beginning June 14, 2022.

Authorities said if convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison with three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Officials noted that if you need help or know someone who needs help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

The StrongHearts Native Helpline also offers culturally appropriate support and advocacy for Native American and Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence. Call 1-844-762-8483 or visit www.strongheartshelpline.org for more information.

Nohemi M. Moore