Scottville man ordered to jail for corrections officer assault.

March 15, 2016

Martin Conway with his attorney, David Glancy.

Martin Conway with his attorney, David Glancy.

By Allison Scarbrough. Courts/Police Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 48-year-old Scottville man was sentenced to serve four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail sentence in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 14, for convictions of assault of prison employee and assault and battery.

Martin John Conway, 48, of 306 Crowley St., Scottville, became unruly while intoxicated at the Mason County Jail following his arrest in the morning hours of New Year’s Day. When approached by corrections deputies, he bit a deputy’s finger, drawing blood, and spit on another deputy. Deputy Matt Murphy was treated and released for his injuries at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. Conway had been arrested by another law enforcement agency prior to arriving at the jail.

Conway’s behavior was described as “extreme,” “out of line” and “uncivilized” the night of his arrest, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Conway’s attorney, David Glancy, said his client doesn’t remember what happened that night, but that he is “very sorry” and “feels horrible for what he’s done.” Conway has shown respect to the officers during his jail stay and has been serving as a trustee at the jail, Glancy said.

“I would just like to put it behind me; move on with my life; and make things right,” Conway said.

“Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call for you to stop drinking,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

The judge also ordered Conway to probation for a year and a half. He was given credit for 74 days served in jail.

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