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Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6:45 p.m.

Man who shot cab windshield will spend up to 6 years in prison

By John Counts

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Eddie Gardner, Jr.

Courtesy of WCSO

A Superior Township man will serve up to six years in prison for shooting at a cab’s windshield after fighting with the driver.

Eddie Charles Gardner Jr., 25, was sentenced Monday in the Washtenaw County Trial Court to two years on a felony firearm charge and a consecutive term of 17 to 48 months on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Charges of carjacking, possession of a firearm and resisting a police officer will be were dismissed per a plea deal Gardner took earlier this month.

He received credit for 60 days served.

When asked if he had anything to say before sentencing by Judge Melinda Morris, Gardner softly replied, "No, ma'am."

Gardner was accused of pulling out a gun during an Aug. 30 argument with a cab driver, AnnArbor.com previously reported. The driver had picked up Gardner and a woman near Plymouth and Dixboro roads and was taking them to Superior Township.

According to police, Gardner fired one shot through the cab’s windshield before the driver grabbed the weapon and struggled with Gardner. Gardner and the woman are accused of fleeing on foot. They were arrested by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a field near Father Gabriel Richard High School.

John Counts covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at johncounts@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

RJA

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 2:39 a.m.

He might learn something in (up to 6 years) Remains to be seen.

Linda Peck

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

The sentence seems fitting. I have seen better sentencing from the Circuit Court lately, and I wonder what has changed there, pre-election. For whatever reason, I am grateful.

Westfringe

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

"Charges of carjacking, possession of a firearm and resisting a police officer will be were dismissed per a plea deal Gardner took earlier this month." Another repeat offender given special treatment by Morris. What an absolute disgrace.

Ricebrnr

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

Nope even with Judge Morris, I think criminals still prefer Detroit...then again the pickings their are starting to get slim so... http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/19251051/2012/08/10/solve-detroits-crime-problem-now-because-johnnys-killing-us

John Counts

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Jim: Thanks. The headline has been changed to reflect that the prison term could run up to 6 years as opposed to 4.

John Counts

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 3:34 a.m.

Got it Cathy, thanks.

Cathy

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 12:56 a.m.

Yeah, but you didn't change it in the story.

Ryan

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:18 a.m.

"Charges of carjacking, possession of a firearm and resisting a police officer will be were dismissed per a plea deal Gardner took earlier this month." Washtenaw County is definitely the place to commit crimes. We should offer this fine young man a hot towel and a back rub too.

jim

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:17 a.m.

If the sentences are consecutive, he's going to do 41 to 72 months, or up to 6 years.

Cathy

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 10:32 a.m.

He argued with a cabbie and thought he was justified in shooting at him. Oh, and he was on parole at the time. And he has multiple previous convictions. I doubt 4 years is going to do much to adjust his attitude. I suggest he paroles to Morris' house.

Skyjockey43

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:23 a.m.

Good thing Judge Morris is retiring. Four years for nearly killing a man? Gotta love Ann Arbor justice

Honest Abe

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:55 a.m.

I'm not sure that nearly killing a man, is a major crime these days. You just mail in the fine along with the ticket. Judge Morris - You're indeed pathetic.

sillysam

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 11:41 p.m.

Only 4 years? This seems a little weak given how easily the situation could have turned into a murder.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

Glag to hear he is going to be locked up for a while, hopefully he learns his lesson.