After a two week trial a jury returned guilty verdicts against Michael Foster on Friday, March 19, 2010, around 3:30 p.m., in Judge Brendan Sheehan’s courtroom. Michael Foster was found guilty of murder with firearm specifications, two counts of aggravated robbery, with notice of prior conviction and repeat violent offender specifications, receiving stolen property, and having weapons while under disability. Foster faces a minimum of 18 years to life in prison to a maximum of 40 years to life in prison. Sentencing has not been scheduled.
In the early morning hours of August 3, 2001, Michael Foster, 44, of Cleveland, shot Anwar Hamed (a.k.a Todd Hamed), of Westlake, during a robbery of Miles Eagle Supermarket located at 12900 Miles Avenue. Anwar Hamed was paralyzed as a result of the shooting. Anwar Hamed was married and a father three children when he was shot and paralyzed; his youngest daughter was 11-months-old. After shooting the victim, Michael Foster stole money from the cash register and the victim’s credit cards. On November 13, 2002.
Michael Foster pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, all with firearm specifications, and having a weapon while under disability. Foster was sentenced to 83 years on November 15, 2002.
The State appeals court denied Michael Foster’s attempts to withdraw his guilty pleas after he was sentenced. In November of 2007, a federal judge vacated Michael Foster’s guilty pleas based on Michael Foster’s claim that he pleaded guilty under duress to get out of Cuyahoga County jail; Michael Foster claimed that he was being abused by inmates and correction officers. Michael Foster also filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff and several jail supervisors making the same claims. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Civil Division represented the Sheriff and the jail supervisors in the civil lawsuit. In February 2009, after a two week trial in U.S. District Court, a jury rejected Michael Foster’s claims.
In March of 2007, Anwar Hamed died as a result of respiratory failure attributed to his gunshot injuries. In August of 2008, Michael Foster was indicted for the murder in 2001. A bullet removed from the body of Anwar Hamed at the time of the autopsy in 2007 was subsequently linked to one of the two .38 caliber revolvers that Michael Foster had in his possession when he was arrested on September 13th, 2001, after committing another armed robbery of a beverage store. Also found in Michael Foster’s car and hotel room at the time of his arrest were handcuffs, wigs, and other items related to a string of Cleveland armed robberies.