Ludington man faces up to 15 years in prison for unlawful imprisonment, strangulation. 

January 16, 2018


Ludington man faces up to 15 years in prison for unlawful imprisonment, strangulation. 

LUDINGTON — Mathew Alan Whittman, 29, of Ludington was arraigned today in 79th District Court on the felony charges of unlawful imprisonment and domestic assault-strangulation. Whittman is the suspect in an alleged incident that took place over the weekend against a female subject in the 3000 block of N. Pere Marquette Road in Hamlin Township. The victim reported the crime to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

Unlawful imprisonment is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000 while domestic assault-strangulation is punishable by up to 10 years in imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine. The Michigan penal code states that the definition of unlawful imprisonment is when a person knowingly retrains another person under any of the following circumstances: By means of a weapon or dangerous weapon, secretly confined, facilitating of another felony or to facilitate flight after commission of another felony.

“Restrain” means to forcibly restrict a person’s movements or to forcibly confine the person so as to interfere with that person’s liberty without that person’s consent or without lawful authority. The restraint does not have to exist for any particular length of time and may be related or incidental to the commission of other criminal acts.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash/surety.

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