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Amanda Fox Sloan

SANTA CRUZ -- A Soquel Hills woman accused of firing shots at police through her BMW sunroof faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges related to the incident, according to prosecutors.

Amanda Sloan, 30, is expected to appear in Santa Cruz Superior Court on April 15 for a preliminary hearing, Judge Paul Burdick ruled Friday. The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence for a trial.

Sloan was upset with a Capitola police officer who stopped her car on Nov. 11, 2012, prosecutors allege. She led police on a high-speed chase and fired shots at officers from her sunroof, police said. No one was injured.

Sloan is the widow of Jeff Smith, a 28-year-old man who was shot to death outside their Soquel Hills home in August 2012.

On Dec. 2, 2012, deputies were at Sloan's home when she fired a gun at deputies and then wielded it at them in a threatening manner, sheriff's Lt. Fred Plageman said at the time. She also pointed the gun at herself.

A deputy with a rifle shot Sloan in her leg. Wearing red jail clothes in court Friday, she walked with a limp.

Sloan is charged with evading an officer, unlawful firearm activity, assault on a peace officer and assault with a firearm on a peace officer, prosecutor Greg Peinado said.

Sloan is being held in lieu of $900,000 bail, according to jail records.

No one has been charged in Smith's slaying.

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