Saginaw Man Convicted of Unlawful Imprisonment, Strangulation, Suffocation, Witness Tampering on Indian Reservation

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BAY CITY, MI – A 39-year-old man from Saginaw, Michael Lee Johnson, was convicted on August 23rd, 2019, of unlawful imprisonment, assault of a dating partner by strangulation, assault of a dating partner by suffocation, interstate domestic violence, assault by striking, beating, or wounding, and eight counts of witness tampering by a federal jury in Bay City.

Federal Court House in Bay City

Federal Court House in Bay City

At the trial before U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington, the evidence established that in October and November of 2018, Johnson held the victim against her will, threatened to kill her, assaulted her numerous times by strangulation, suffocation, and by other means sometimes in front of her children.

The evidence also established that after the crimes were committed Michael Johnson attempted to improperly influence or prevent the victim’s testimony in court and her reports to the police. Further two other former intimate partners of Michael Johnson testified that he also strangled them in the past and also held them against their will.

The crimes occurred on the Isabella Reservation in Mt. Pleasant and the case was investigated by the Saginaw Chippewa Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Under the federal sentencing guidelines, Johnson could be sentenced to over 200 years in prison.”

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