2018-09-13 / News

Elder abuser gets deferred sentence-probation

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Following 18 months in jail, Marilyn Shaw is now free to walk the streets after Judge Joseph J. Farah agreed to a plea deal which would give her a chance to prove she is worthy of leniency.

Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Potbury said under MCL 771.1, a frequently-used statute, Shaw was eligible for delayed sentencing and informal probation to allow “the Court to give this defendant some time to prove herself to the Court in terms of not getting into further trouble and to give the Court time to reflect on whether she should be sentenced to jail, which is what we advocate, or whether formal probation will be appropriate.”

“It is a 6-month term of probation pursuant to 771.1. On February 4, 2019, the Judge will reopen the case file, review the defendant’s progress and determine whether he will impose an additional term of probation or, if the defendant has not been successful during the 6 months of informal probation, he may sentence her to jail or prison,” Potbury explained via email.

Shaw was arrested in January 2017 after a State of Michigan caseworker found her 73-year-old mother in a state of neglect.

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