Man faces prison term for assaulting woman, 13-year-old boy.

March 22, 2022


Man faces prison term for assaulting woman, 13-year-old boy.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 32-year-old Ludington man faces serving a prison term of 40 months to 10 years after pleading “no contest” to assault by strangulation, attempted assault by strangulation and third-offense habitual offender in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, March 22.

Brian Keith Blackburn admitted to assaulting a 35-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy in the 400 block of South Harrison Street last November.

“The defendant did grab ahold of (the boy) around the neck and strangled him,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski. (The woman) stepped in between to stop him and they started fighting. He grabbed her around the neck and threw her down on the floor.” 

The maximum term for assault by strangulation is 10 years, and the maximum term for attempted assault by strangulation is five years. Blackburn’s habitual offender designation elevates his maximum terms on those charges to 20 years and 10 years.

Blackburn’s attorney Ashley Siegel said her client entered a “no contest” plea due to lack of memory caused by intoxication.

One count of assault by strangulation and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon will be dismissed in exchange for his plea.


The woman had red marks around her neck and face, said Ludington Police Department Cpt. Steve Wietrzykowski, and the boy suffered a cut to his hand. Blackburn had scratches on his back and arms and a cut to his finger. He was treated in the emergency room at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital prior to being lodged in jail.

The woman and boy did not seek medical treatment.

Blackburn was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison in 2014 for driving drunk through a grocery store parking lot and striking a pedestrian — local teacher Scott Dumas — and then driving away from the crime scene. In 2019, he was ordered to serve three months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term for pulling the keys out of the ignition of his girlfriend’s car and resisting arrest.

Sentencing is set for May 10 at 1 p.m. 

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