Monday, March 16, 2015

Michigan Man Sentenced to 1 Year in Jail for Ann Arbor Shooting

Local news reports

One of two men who recently took a plea deal in an Ann Arbor shooting were sentenced in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Wednesday, records show.

Tawayne_Fly.jpgTawayne Fly 

Tawayne Fly, 22, was sentenced to serve one year in the Washtenaw County Jail after pleading guilty Jan. 29 to one count of larceny from a person, according to court records and police officials. 

Fly was credited with 19 days served, records show. 

Charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony firearm were dismissed.

His co-defendant, William Ross IV, 17, was also scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but online Washtenaw County Circuit Court records on Saturday did not have his case, which could mean he was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. Under a HYTA sentencing, records are wiped.

Ross and Fly went to buy marijuana from a 20-year-old Ann Arbor man at a residence in the 700 block of Gott Street around 9 p.m. Jan. 7. But instead of buying drugs, the two men attempted to rob the 20-year-old in the backyard, according to police.The three men began to fight and the gun went off.

Ross was shot in the chest. The bullet grazed the 20-year-old's head. He was treated for minor injuries.

1 comment:

  1. "Two men accused in a shooting in Ann Arbor in early January pleaded no contest in the incident on Thursday.
    Tawayne Fly, 22, and William Ross IV, 17, agreed to the plea for larceny of a person in 14A-1 District Court, said Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Blake Hatlem.
    In exchange for the plea, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony firearm were dismissed.
    Hatlem said the plea was offered based on what police and the victim thought was appropriate.
    A sentencing agreement for the men has not been reached and will be argued at sentencing, he said.
    While Ross had bond previously set at 10 percent of $15,000, Washtenaw County District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson took issue with the request to reduce Fly's bond to make it similar to Ross's.
    "It makes me tired and it makes me angry to see people like you come up here," Simpson told Fly.
    He said Fly had every reason to stay out of trouble, including his daughters, but he chooses to be involved in criminal activity.
    Fly was out on bond from Wayne County for carrying a concealed weapon when the shooting in Ann Arbor occurred, Hatlem said.
    "You will end up in prison, which you may in this case, or you may end up dead," Simpson said.
    Ultimately, Simpson reduced Fly's bond to $25,000, without the option of 10 percent for release because he would have to earn that, he said.
    Fly's bond was originally set at $100,000 cash."

    He got a heck of a deal. It looks like he will still have to contend with the other gun charge.