By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — Never short on words, a blind rapper wanted to know why he was being ordered to pay a fine earmarked for crime victims after pleading guilty to drug possession.
“Who’s the victim here?” Wayne Frisby asked.
His attorney touched the Everett man’s forearm and shushed him.
Frisby, who goes by Mac Wayne in the local rap scene, was sentenced Friday to three months in the county jail for having heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine concealed in his clothes when he was arrested February.
The drugs were discovered as Frisby was being booked in connection with a bizarre reported robbery in Marysville.
Frisby beat the robbery rap after the alleged victim recanted her story. She first told police that Frisby chopped off a chunk of her hair and stole her car keys. Officers found a clump of hair where the woman said the heist happened. Her car was missing from its parking spot. But prosecutors recently were forced to drop the robbery charge after the woman’s story changed.
“She expressed some confusion about who had done it,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Chris Dickinson said.
Frisby, 29, was on the lam for weeks after being charged with robbery. Someone claiming to be him called The Herald in March. He denied robbing the woman. He also said he knew he was wanted by cops.
While on the run, the convicted felon released a new single, taunting the cops to catch him. The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force did just that, arresting Frisby at a cheap motel in Oakland, Calif.
A day earlier, a man was shot outside the recording studio where Frisby’s album was being produced. The shooter reportedly yelled an expletive about Mac Wayne before shooting the producer in the shoulder. The investigation hit a dead end when the victim refused to cooperate.
Frisby describes himself as “the undisputed Ray Charles of rap, 100 percent blind and 100 percent raw.” The rapper advertises that “a gunshot to the head took his sight and in the same instant gave him the ability to see whole songs in his mind.”
On Friday, a young woman wearing short shorts and piercings led Frisby up to the bench to stand before a judge. Trying to ascertain whether Frisby understood the plea paperwork he signed, Superior Court Judge Millie Judge verified with him that his last year in school was the sixth-grade. She then asked Frisby if he had read the document.
“Well, no, I’m blind,” he said.
Judge sentenced Frisby to three months in jail, much of which Frisby had already served. Out on bail, Frisby was ordered to show up at the jail Tuesday to check if he had more time to do.
Frisby’s legal troubles may not be over. Prosecutors continue to review whether he should be charged with intimidating a witness in connection with a Marysville homicide.
The witness is a figure in the investigation of the January killing of Arthur Schroeder, 82. The Marysville man was fatally stabbed during a robbery at his trailer. Frisby was arrested in April after police alleged that he called the witness and threatened to rape and kill her and another member of her family. Frisby reportedly is friends with a potential suspect in the Schroeder case.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.