Gladwin woman shot in head, held captive 5 days

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

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Less than a week after the kidnapping and assault of a woman on Central Michigan University’s campus, another kidnapping and assault was reported this week, this time in Gladwin County.

According to information from the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department, Shawn Michael Cleary, a 31 year-old Gladwin man was arrested January 19 after allegedly shooting and holding a woman captive for five days at a home in Hay Township.

Although wounded, the woman was able to escape to a neighbor’s and contact police Saturday night. She told police she had been held as a captive since January 15 and that she knew her abductor.

Officers located the suspect, Cleary, in his vehicle during a traffic stop near the home and arrested him. He was lodged at the Gladwin County Jail.

The victim was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland where she was reported in stable condition Tuesday and recovering from gunshot wounds.

Cleary was arraigned in 80th District Court Tuesday and charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Murder; Unlawful Imprisonment; Weapons, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; and Felony Firearms, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

His bond was set at $750,000 Cash/Surety by Magistrate Greer.. A Preliminary Exam has been set for February 5 at 9 a.m.

Cleary was sent to prison in 2001 for a similar charge, serving eleven years before his release just over a year ago.

In 2001, he pled guilty to Felony assault with Intent to Murder and was sentenced to 8 to 20 years in prison, after he reportedly stabbed his girlfriend and dug a hole to bury her body near his parent’s home in Buckeye Township. That victim also survived. Cleary fled to Monroe County where he was arrested in October of 2000. He was released from prison in October, 2011.