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Posted on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Man who was one of Washtenaw County's 'most wanted' sentenced to 9 years in prison

By John Counts


Frederick Lenn Shaw

Courtesy of WCSO

Fredrick Shaw, a man whose name had appeared on Wastenaw County's "most-wanted" list, will spend 9-15 years in prison for shooting a gun off at Ypsilanti Township home where he had been kicked out of a card game in March.

Before the sentencing in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Thursday, Shaw told Judge David Swartz he was innocent of the charges and had only taken a plea deal in November because he knew his chance of winning a trial were slim.

"I've been in a lot of dumb situations, but does that make me dumb? No," Shaw said. "I was left without a choice in this situation."

Shaw, 30, pleaded no contest to charges of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, discharge of a firearm in a building, felony firearm and unarmed robbery. A count of armed robbery and a habitual offender status were dismissed.

On the count of unarmed robbery, Swartz sentenced Shaw to 86-180 months plus a mandatory consecutive two-year term for the felony firearm charge. He received concurrent terms of 30-60 months for the firearm possession charge and 24-48 months on the other charges. Shaw had no jail time credited to his terms.

Swartz also ordered Shaw to pay restitution in an amount to be determined in 90 days.

Shaw was arrested on Aug. 13 during a traffic stop in York Township, said Sgt. Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

"We received a tip that he was driving in that area and heading towards Ypsilanti Township," Fox said. "The car was located and stopped. Shaw was in the back seat lying down as if to hide from police. He was taken into custody without incident."

Earlier that month, the sheriff's office had added Shaw to its "most-wanted" list.

Police said Shaw was playing cards at an apartment in the 200 block of Hewitt Road in March. When the resident of the apartment told Shaw to leave, he became upset and an argument ensued. Police say Shaw left the apartment, but returned a short time later with a gun, which he pointed at multiple people in the room. He took money from one person and fired one shot that didn’t hit anyone before leaving, police said.

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Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

Now Now.... Everyone knows he is a product of a failed system.... He had a bad child hood or some other lame excuse..... Bye Bye Mr. Shaw..... You are going to where you belong and the rest of society is better because of it....


Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 3:54 a.m.

AH! Washtenaw County's 'most wanted! what an acomplishiment !!

Susan Ursus

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 12:01 a.m.

Shaw is a violent sociopath. In 9 years, he will be a violent sociopath. In 15 years he will be a violent sociopath.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 10:31 p.m.

Of course he is a victim, not the criminal. Despite eyewitness accounts and running from police. Dumb, yes.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 3:29 p.m.

The best thing you can say about this guy is he doesn't seem to play well with others.

Roy Munson

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 3:08 p.m.

"I've been in a lot of dumb situations, but does that make me dumb? No," No, you are clearly a gentleman and a scholar.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

There's a typo in the third paragraph- it says 'unarmed robber'.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

When he does get out of prison, the NRA will make sure he will still be able to get any guns or ammo he needs.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 9:25 p.m.

I assume your trying to be cute...This type of low life don't buy their guns at cabelas...they buy stolen goods out of the trunk of cars and no firearms zones ...a joke these people don't even know how to read....


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Fester, you are mistaken. The NRA (of which I'm not a member) vigorously supports the enforcement of existing laws that prohibit felons from buying firearms. Of course, it's hard to prevent a criminal from illegally obtaining weapons. That's the problem. Gun control laws don't constrain people who don't obey the law. Do you think that this man acquired the gun he used in his crime by legal means?


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

Huh....? what ? what does that comment have to do with anything ? You may think your NRA comment is clever or whatever it does show that you nothing, anything,, nadda about the NRA


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

He will be out before long because the prisons are overcrowded. May in 3 years? Sure hope he can straighten up his life.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 11:45 a.m.

And I'm certain that after he is released within 4 years, he will be a changed man and ready to lead a productive life as a law-abiding member of society.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Until he shoots someone a week later.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 11:15 a.m.

Shaw said. "I was left without a choice in this situation." mr. shaw, life is full of choices. the little i learned about you by reading this makes me believe you have made a number of poor choices. you made your bed, now you must lay in it.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 11:12 a.m.

Good riddance....