Ludington man receives jail term for aggravated stalking, strangulation and domestic violence.

December 15, 2020

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Ludington man receives jail term for aggravated stalking, strangulation and domestic violence.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 28-year-old Ludington man was sentenced to serve 224 days in jail with credit for 224 days served of a one-year discretionary term Tuesday, Dec. 15, in 51st Circuit Court for convictions of aggravated stalking, assault by strangulation and domestic violence.

Kody Michael Shriver, of 7065 N. Dennis Rd., pleaded “no contest” to the charges, Nov. 10.

Shriver will also be placed on GPS monitoring for six months upon his release from jail. He was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to have no contact with the victim for five years.

The strangulation and domestic violence incident occurred March 6 in the Village of Fountain. The victim is a woman with whom Shriver had been in a dating relationship with for 12 years and they share two children, previously said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

“The defendant grabbed her by the hair and pushed her into the door frame injuring her face and then began to choke her,” said Judge Sniegowski.

There was a loaded shotgun located outside and not in his immediate possession that he threatened to shoot her with, the judge said.

After Shriver was arrested and lodged in the Mason County Jail, he “made multiple phone calls to other individuals asking them to contact the victim,” said the judge. That criminal activity resulted in the stalking charge.

One count of telephone interference was dismissed, and a case in 79th District Court was also dismissed, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. However, Shriver will be ordered to pay restitution for damaged mailboxes in that case.

Assault by strangulation is a felony with a 10-year maximum, and aggravated stalking has a five-year maximum.

“The only way you can communicate about your children is through the court system,” warned Judge Sniegowski during the sentencing hearing.

The hearing was held via Zoom video conferencing due to COVID-19.

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