ALPENA, MI – It was Christmas day of 2012 when a young mother died from an unknown quantity of methadone.
The 27-year-old Alpena woman was brought to the Alpena Regional Medical Center on Christmas morning. She would later be pronounced dead. That is where her death investigation began.
An autopsy determined that the cause of death was a drug overdose and it also revealed that the victim had been sexually assaulted.
The two individuals who were with the woman earlier that morning were Michael Clegg, 30-years-old, and Philip Nowicki IV, 34-years-old. They were ultimately charged in relation to her death.
Clegg and Nowicki are accused of giving the victim the unknown quantity of methadone on December 25th, 2012 which resulted in her death.
Another crime that Nowicki and Clegg are believed to have committed is sexual assault to the victim while she was incapable of making rational personal decisions while high on the crippling amount of methadone she was given.
Michael Clegg plead guilty on November 3rd, 2014 to a single count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance causing Death. The criminal sexual assault charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.
Judge Michael Mack in 26th Circuit Court on Monday, December 15th, 2014 sentenced Michael Clegg to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for his involvement in the woman’s death.
Clegg has a previous conviction from 2008 for Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams that he was sentenced to two years in prison for.
Philip Nowicki is set for trial in early 2015.