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News Release
Portland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Assaulting U.S. Probation Officer While on Supervised Release - 09/14/23

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Portland man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to federal prison today for assaulting a U.S. Probation Officer during a supervised release home visit.

Andre Eugene Shaw, 39, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on April 14, 2021, two U.S. Probation Officers conducted a home visit with Shaw at his Portland residence. At the time, Shaw was on supervised release for multiple federal crimes, including extorting individuals engaged in the production of child pornography, money laundering, and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle, and restricted from possessing certain electronic devices, including cellphones. 

During the home visit, the probation officers observed an unauthorized cellphone in Shaw’s hallway closet. When one of the officers attempted to seize the cellphone, Shaw struck the officer in the face. He then grabbed the officer by her shirt and pushed her to the ground before fleeing his residence. The officer sustained cuts to her lip and nose.

The second probation officer pursued Shaw on foot outside the residence, ordering to him stop. Shaw ran away from the home and temporarily out of the officer’s view. Soon after, Shaw reappeared, began walking back toward the probation officers with his hands behind his head, and was placed under arrest. The cell phone Shaw prevented the probation officers from seizing was never recovered.

On April 16, 2021, Shaw was charged by criminal complaint with assaulting a federal officer. Later, on May 19, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a two-count indictment charging Shaw with assaulting a federal officer and assaulting or resisting a person authorized to make searches and seizures.

In August 2019, Shaw was involved in a similar confrontation with staff at a community reentry center for recently incarcerated individuals. When staff at the facility attempted to seize Shaw’s cellphone, he ripped it out of a staff member’s hand and swallowed the SIM card. Shaw was sentenced to 14 months in prison following the incident.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Marco A. Boccato and Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.


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