Joseph Martin Reedy, 40, of Charlevoix, was sentenced to 24 to 60 months in prison on a charge of domestic violence, third offense. In exchange for the Defendant’s plea, a charge of assault by strangulation was dismissed.
Reedy was sentenced by Judge Roy C. Hayes III at the high end of his sentencing guidelines which recommended a minimum sentence of 12 to 24 months incarceration.
The conviction arose out of an incident in the City of Charlevoix on August 23, 2017 where according to an affidavit filed in the case, Reedy grabbed the victim as she attempted to leave his apartment, dragged her into the bedroom and assaulted her by choking and headbutting her and threatened to kill her.
Reedy was convicted of domestic violence three times previously as well as six prior felonies.
“I want to commend the bravery of the victim in the case and the job done by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Zahner and City of Charlevoix Police Officer Andy Flickema in this case,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.
“At sentencing Kerry spoke passionately about the victim’s transformation from living in fear, being unsure of whether she could assist in prosecution to a position of strength where she was able to be in the courtroom and face her attacker. Kerry does a wonderful job of working with and empowering victims.”
“Officer Flickema did an excellent job with the investigation, not only interviewing the victim and documenting her injuries, but also probing other domestic violence incidents involving the defendant. This is critical information in a prosecution like this.”