Man sentenced 8-15 years for bar fatality in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 5, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hatum Jarguis Akrawi, 34, has been sentenced to serve at least eight years behind bars for his role in the death of 47-year-old Shawn Kubic, of St. Clair Shores.

Kubic and Akrawi had allegedly been arguing at Kapone’s Sports Tavern in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 2019. Akrawi allegedly waited until Kubic had his head turned before punching him in the head. Kubic fell to the ground, unconscious. He was taken to a local hospital and died of blunt force trauma to the head a day later.

Akrawi was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, but the second-degree murder charge was dismissed at a preliminary exam in September 2020. He ultimately pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced Feb. 26 to 8-15 years in prison with credit for 35 days, along with payment of restitution of nearly $15,000 to Kubic’s relatives.

Akrawi’s attorney, Joseph Arnone, of St. Clair Shores, said they will likely appeal the decision.

“The sentence exceeded the advisory guideline range, so I’m quite certain it’s going to be appealed,” he said. “Probation had recommended a sentence lower than that. I’m very curious to see how the Court of Appeals deals with this.”

The sentencing was held in the courtroom of Judge Michael Servitto of the 16th Circuit Court and also via Zoom.

Arnone said he appreciated Servitto’s handling of the sentencing procedures and the chance to be back in open court.

But, he added, “There’s not much one can say about a case like this.”