Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Schattman of Texas died Dec. 30 of a heart attack while on vacation in California, the Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.
The 60-year-old prosecutor spent 25 years working in the Northern District of Texas. He was known for his expertise in breaking drug and weapon rings in the area. His accomplishments included sending crime figures Billy Ray Maddox and Willie “Bootnose” Morris, who both ran drug rings in the 1980s, to prison for life. He also helped obtain a life sentence for a prison escapee who fired at a Fort Worth police officer, the newspaper said.
He started his career out as a Tarrant County assistant district attorney in 1978 and then moved on to the U.S. attorney’s office in 1985. In 1989, he was assigned to task forces working on organized crime and drug enforcement.
Since then, he had received much praise from his colleagues on his innovative and dedicated ways in cracking down on crime.
“He was a master at coming up with a strategy to take down an organization that many times law enforcement had tried for years to deal with, but never could bring down,” former U.S. Attorney Richard Roper told the Star-Telegram.