Woman gets jail for role in death
A 27-year-old woman whose machinations led to the fatal shooting of a pregnant Mesa County woman last year was sentenced to six years in community corrections Thursday.
Jordan Shaw was arrested in December, almost two months after 25-year-old Shandie Case was shot to death in the 3200 block of B 1/2 Road.
Law enforcement officials believe Case and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Alexander Fedak, were chasing after Shaw and another man. Shaw and the second man, Joseph Manzanarez Jr., were in a truck Shaw had rented from Case and never returned.
Investigators believe that Manzanarez emerged from the stolen truck carrying a weapon, and that Fedak ultimately fired a gun several times from inside his truck, injuring Manzanarez and inadvertently killing Case in the passenger seat next to him.
Shaw — who lied to Manzanarez about who Fedak and Case were when the couple began aggressively pursuing them — was eventually arrested on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant and theft.
Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn on Thursday said Case died as a direct result of Shaw’s actions.
“She had a lot of great future ahead of her,” Flynn told Shaw. “I think you knew what you were doing.”
While on bond, Shaw was found in possession of methamphetamine and re-arrested. Later, she fled from police at high speeds and was charged with vehicular eluding.
“You’ve demonstrated while on bond really a disregard for the courts,” Flynn said, adding that Shaw is “somebody who doesn’t appreciate other people’s lives, their safety.”
Mesa County prosecutor George Holley and defense attorney Ashley Whitham negotiated a plea that took prison off the table in exchange for convictions of attempting to influence a public servant, drug possession, reckless driving and a traffic infraction.
Calling Shaw a public safety risk, Flynn sentenced Shaw to a combined total of six years in community corrections, the maximum available sentence.
Holley said he didn’t pursue prison in Shaw’s case in part to spare Case’s family the pain of going to trial. Case’s mother, DeDee Case, declined to speak at length about the sentencing Thursday, but said with tears in her eyes that it was “a good day.”
Fedak was charged with criminally negligent homicide and plans to go to trial. Manzanarez was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison in June after pleading to menacing and a weapons charge.