For most of the time she was in Courtroom A today in Milford state Superior court, Sharon Scanlon sat on a wooden bench behind her attorney, William Dow III.
Scanlon showed little emotion, appearing to be deep in thought. The former Shelton assistant finance director sat alone, interacting little with anyone around her.
When Judge John Ronan entered the courtroom and her case was discussed, she stood beside her attorney.
Questioned on her plea and background
Scanlon answered questions by Ronan, who asked her whether she understood the plea deal and its ramifications. The judge told Scanlon that once her “no contest” plea to two felony counts was made and accepted by the court, she could not change it.
Ronan inquired as to whether she had enough time to thoroughly discuss the plea with her attorney and if she was acting “freely and voluntarily” in making the plea.
“Yes,” the 49-year-old Shelton resident replied to that and many other questions.
The judge also asked about her education (she earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Connecticut State University), her family (she has three children), and her residency (she lives in Shelton, where she grew up).
When asked by Ronan if she had any questions of the court, Scanlon responded, “No.”
Two people accompanied her
Scanlon, who was wearing black slacks, a white blouse and a white-and-gray light coat, had at least two people — presumed to be family members — with her. They sat farther back in the courtroom, in the public sitting area, during her court appearance.
Earlier in the day, the three had stood together in the courtroom hallway waiting for her case to be heard. There appeared to be minimum conservation between Scanlon and the two other individuals while waiting.