Historic Nebraska Mug Shots
Nebraska State Prison
Mary Shannon was sentenced to 2 years in the Nebraska State Prison for mayhem in May 1925. Her records do not explain what she did to be charged with mayhem. A legal definition of mayhem is "the criminal act of disabling, disfiguring, or cutting off or making useless one of the members (leg, arm, hand, foot, eye) of another either intentionally or in a fight, called maiming." The serious nature of the injury makes mayhem a felony, which is called "aggravated assault" in most states.