Man sentenced to jail for choking ex-wife’s male friend.

March 6, 2018

Marvin Brault III with defense attorney David Glancy.

Man sentenced to jail for choking ex-wife’s male friend.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 27-year-old Sheridan Township man was sentenced to serve six months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 6, for a conviction of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder/strangulation.

Marvin Lee Brault III, of 2273 N. Tallman Lake Rd., avoided a prison sentence following the dismissal of attempted murder and first-degree home invasion charges last December.

Brault was arrested last November after he invaded his ex-wife’s home and choked her male friend.

“The female victim was awakened to her ex-husband reportedly sitting on top of a male friend of hers in her bedroom, choking him to the point the male victim could not speak,” previously stated Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. Brault “fled the house when the female screamed. (Brault) was located later in the day and arrested. The male victim, a 22-year-old man from Ludington, did not seek medical treatment.”

The incident occurred in the 2000 block of East Sugar Grove Road in Sherman Township.

Attempted murder is punishable by up to life in prison, and first-degree home invasion is punishable by up to 20 years. Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder/strangulation carries a 10-year maximum.

Brault received credit for 122 days served in jail.

“I’ve personally known this defendant for probably 20-plus years, and suffice it to say I was pretty surprised he was involved in this offense,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Years ago, Brault was “lauded a hero” after saving a young girl from drowning in Lake Michigan at the Ludington breakwater, the prosecutor said.

“This could have wound up very, very badly for all of the people involved,” said Spaniola. The female victim expressed in a letter that Brault “snapped.”

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski said Brault has one prior misdemeanor conviction in 2008 for retail fraud and no felony convictions.

“Your behavior presents an anomaly in your character,” the judge said. “However, it is a very significant offense.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-11 months

Brault was also placed on probation for 18 months.

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