Ludington man pleads guilty to attempted assault by strangulation.

October 1, 2019

Dustin Case with defense attorney Al Swanson Jr.

Ludington man pleads guilty to attempted assault by strangulation.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 34-year-old Ludington man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 1, in 51st Circuit Court to attempted assault by strangulation.

In exchange for his plea, Matthew Dustin Case, of 229 ½ Second St., faces serving up to one year in jail.

Case was arrested June 22 by Ludington police on a felony charge of assault by strangulation, which is punishable by to 10 years, and a misdemeanor of domestic violence. Those two counts were dismissed Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to the attempted strangulation charge and third-offense habitual offender.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 7-34 months, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Case testified Tuesday that he assaulted his wife when they were having an argument. “I grabbed her by her throat,” he told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Case was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court to 5 1/2 to 20 years in prison in 2011 for armed robbery and two years in prison in 2005 for third-degree fleeing police and third-offense operating while under the influence of a controlled susbstance, according to the Offender Tracking Information System.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

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