Prosecutors: Road rage led to attempted murder charge against 60-year-old woman

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – New information about what may have lead to charges of attempted murder against a 60-year-old woman in Richmond. Details emerged in court today that Sondrah Nathaniel allegedly fired a gun after a road rage incident in a parking lot.

According to testimony in court, it all started in a parking lot at the Forest Haven Apartments. Nathaniel was parking her car and the maintenance worker Donald Rivers says he was dealing with a leaking toilet and tried to pass her. That meeting led to a heated argument.

Nathaniel's Attorney Claire Cardwell says, "Mr. Rivers testified that he had an argument with my client and that there was an incident with the two of them poking each others noses an argument."

Testimony revealed the pair were cursing at each other. Rivers says Nathaniel even took a swing. Rivers admits to telling Nathaniel he was he was going to, "Treat her like a man if she was going to act like a man."

Rivers testified he got out of his truck, and his dog ran loose. He says he went to get the dog, when Nathaniel got a gun from inside her home and popped off a single shot. No one was hit.

Prosecutors say this is no way to settle an argument. The defense says Nathaniel acted in self defense. Cardwell says, "There's certainly two sides to this story and my client felt very intimidated at the time. She's a senior citizen and there was an argument. And she felt extremely concerned for her safety."

A grand jury will hear the case in June. Nathaniel is out of jail on bond. She's accused of two felonies. If convicted, she faces anywhere from five to 40 years in prison.

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