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Man charged in beating death of teacher


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EDITOR’S NOTE: A version of this story published on on Friday.

Hernando County high school teacher Lee Anne Shoeman was beaten to death last weekend during an argument with her live-in boyfriend, deputies said.

Jerome Sheridan, 49, who was later arrested in Hillsborough County, has been transferred to the Hernando County Detention Center, officials said Friday. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying.

Shoeman and Sheridan, who were in a romantic relationship for several years, argued early May 22 inside their home at 1267 Meredith Drive in Spring Hill, Hernando County sheriff’s officials said.

During the argument, Sheridan became enraged and struck Shoeman repeatedly with his fists and objects within the home, deputies said. Shoeman, 55, died from the beating, deputies said.

Until Friday, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis publicly had described the manner of death only as “homicidal violence.”

Shoeman’s body was discovered Monday morning after she didn’t report to work at Brooksville’s Central High School, deputies said. Authorities began looking for Sheridan, who was found about 11 hours later by Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies in the parking lot of Westfield Citrus Park mall.

Deputies said Sheridan was in his car trying to cut his wrists. He was treated at a Tampa hospital for self-inflicted wounds and interviewed by investigators after he was medically cleared. He was at the Hillsborough County Jail until his transfer to the Brooksville facility.

Hernando court records show Shoeman filed a domestic violence injunction against Sheridan in December 1997.

Staff report

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