Man facing 200 years for assault, etc.

September 7, 2019

By Pat Maurer

A Saginaw man could be facing up to 200 years in prison for assault, domestic violence and witness tampering connected with attacking and imprisoning his girlfriend on the reservation in Mt. Pleasant last October and November.

August 23rd in Bay City’s United States District Court, conducted by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington, a Federal jury found Michael Lee Johnson, 39, guilty of unlawful imprisonment, assaulting of a woman he was dating and attempting to suffocate her, interstate domestic violence, and of eight counts of witness tampering.

The conviction was based on evidence that Johnson had held the woman he was dating against her will, threatened to kill her, assaulted and attempted to strangle her several times, and in several incidents in front of her children.

Two of Johnson’s former girlfriends also testified to similar treatment including strangulation and holding them against their will.

The U. S. Attorney’s office reported that Johnson had also attempted to prevent, or influence the woman’s testimony to police and during the trial.
The case was originally investigated by Saginaw Chippewa Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Kranz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Turkelson.

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