Former WNBA player Shoni Iman Schimmel has been charged with assault by strangulation of an intimate dating partner and assault resulting in substantial bodily injury, with a federal indictment unsealed on Friday afternoon.
The alleged assault occurred on June 13, 2021, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Schimmel was first arrested on June 14 and held in the Umatilla County jail on $48,750 bail.
The 29-year-old was arrested again Friday by federal authorities before pleading not guilty in federal court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Cadotte is prosecuting the case, with Schimmel facing a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Schimmel was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2014 WNBA draft after a successful collegiate career at Louisville. Traded to the New York Liberty in 2017, Schimmel sat out that season before a short stint with Las Vegas in 2018.