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Queen Shahmia

Husband Wants Custody
Phillip Bradshaw, the husband of Richelle “Queen Shahmia” Bradshaw, who is serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery, wants custody of their children. Shahmia, who called herself the daughter of God, lived a life of luxury while her “manservants” committed robberies in Fort Myers and other parts of Florida to support her. A judge declared her an unfit mother following her conviction, and stripped her of parental rights, but an appeal court reversed the ruling, saying that the state had failed to prove her unfit. Phillip Bradshaw was the only adult member of the group not charged with a crime, while two followers escaped conviction after being declared insane, and a third, who testified against Shahmia, was sentenced to two years in prison. (Mike Hoyem, News-Press, Florida, Internet, 7/31/02) [csr 1.3 2002]