Salem sentenced to at least 5 years for shooting

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Dearborn man accused of shooting a 60-year-old man at a city apartment in February was sentenced to at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to reduced charges last month.

Qais Mohamed Salem, 26, was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway May 13 after changing his plea to guilty for the charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and weapons felony firearm.

According to court documents Salem agreed to plead guilty April 28 in exchange for the dropping of assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon charges.

The penalty for the intent charge is three to 10 years in prison and the penalty for the felony firearm is two years.

Salem will be given credit for 91 days already served toward the felony firearm charge.

According to a press release from the Police Department, officers were notified of a shooting at an apartment in the 1800 block of Wyoming Street about 11 p.m. Feb. 9.

An argument between Salem and a cousin turned into a physical altercation and the victim attempted to help force Salem out of the apartment when the shooting occurred.

Police arrived on the scene and found the victim wounded by a single gunshot to the neck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and listed in stable condition.

Salem was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation into the shooting.

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