Man who strangled victim during assault pleads guilty

May 12, 2015

Joseph Chamness with his attorney, David Glancy.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 38-year-old Ludington man is looking at serving 10 months in jail after pleading guilty to assault by strangulation in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, May 12.

Joseph Otto Chamness was arrested Dec. 11 by the Ludington Police Department for a 10-year felony of assault by strangulation and second-offense domestic violence.

Chamness, who is currently lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $50,000/cash/surety bond, pleaded guilty during a final conference hearing. In exchange for his plea, the second count was dismissed. Chamness’ plea agreement calls for one year in jail with 10 months up front. He will also be ordered to pay restitution for the victim’s ambulance and hospital bills.

“I put my hands on her person,” Chamness testified. Judge Susan Sniegowski asked, “Around her neck?” and he answered, “Yes.”

Sentencing is set for June 23 at 1:30 p.m.

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