FLINT, MI – A jury today convicted a Mount Morris man of strangling his girlfriend in their Mt. Morris home.
Ray Weldon Garrett, 45-years-old, was found guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation, two counts of domestic violence and one count of assault and battery. Garrett will be sentenced as a habitual offender on the domestic violence charges.
The charges stem from two separate incidents the first of which occurred in the early morning hours of September 29, 2017. On that date just before 2:00 AM, police were dispatched to a home near the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and N. Saginaw Road reference a domestic and weapons call in progress. When police arrived at the scene, they observed a woman with red marks around her neck who said that Garrett had assaulted and choked her. Garrett was arrested and taken into custody. After being released from jail, Garrett returned to the residence on October 3rd where he once again assaulted his girlfriend. Police were called and Garrett was again taken into custody.
“Domestic violence can be a vicious cycle with many factors at play,” said Prosecutor David Leyton. “In this case, we will be advocating for a stiff sentence and we will continue to do what we can to provide guidance, assistance and resources to the victim,” he said.
Garrett will be sentenced on October 1st