Monica Anderson, 28, was shot & killed by boyfriend
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — The former boyfriend of a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa tribal citizen, Monica Anderson, 28, was sentenced to 11.5 to 19 years in prison for the shooting her to death last November during what he told law authorities a suicide attempt at the apartment he shared with her.
On March 21, 2014, Robert Caldwell, 33, a non-tribal member, pleaded guilty to accidentally killing Anderson. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, discharge of a firearm while under the influence, felony firearm and resisting and obstructing police, according to court records.
These are the same charges Caldwell was initially charged with by the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor.
Caldwell was sentenced to two years for the firearm charge. Once Caldwell completes the these two years, he will serve eight to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter and 16-24 months for resisting and obstructing police. He will serve these two sentences concurrently.
After the shooting last November, Caldwell called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher he attempted to kill himself, but shot Anderson instead. Caldwell sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his hand.
Robert Caldwell shot himself in hand during alledged suicide attempt
When police officers arrived at the apartment, Caldwell came outside with his gun, but then went back into the apartment and attempted to flee out the back where police arrested him.
Caldwell told police he was standing on a stairwell when he tried to kill himself, but the bullet traveled up the stairs instead and hit Anderson.
The Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney did not charge Caldwell with murder because law enforcement does not believe there was any premeditation or the intent to kill Anderson.
Caldwell entered the guilty plea to prevent the Anderson family from suffering further pain, according to his attorney.
The young mother left behind two children, two children: daughter, Gnaajiwi, 9, and son, Cassius, 3.
A memorial fund has been set up at the Members Credit Union. Payments can be made to the Monica June Anderson Memorial. Checks can be mailed to the Members Credit Union at PO Box 795, Traverse City, Michigan 49685-0795.