Hamlin Township man faces prison for assaulting wife.

April 25, 2019
William Geoffrey Buchanan with attorney Al Swanson, Jr.

Hamlin Township man faces prison for assaulting wife.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 29-year-old Hamlin Township man is looking at serving a prison term between 15 months to 25 years after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 23, to felony charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, second-offense aggravated domestic violence and fourth-offense habitual offender.

William Geoffrey Buchanan, of 6597 W. Sassafras St., was arrested Feb. 7 after by Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s emergency room for a female assault victim who was being treated for a “serious neck injury,” said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. The victim was later transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Cole said.

The alleged assault occurred in the couple’s home.

A mandatory 25-year minimum due to his habitual offender status is to be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-46 months.

Buchanan was previously convicted in 2011 of domestic violence for the assault of his roommate, possession of analogues in 2009, and felony third-degree child abuse in 2013.

Sentencing is set for June 4 at 1:45 p.m.

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