Laurence Joseph Frechette III, 58, Boyne City, was sentenced to serve 18 to 60 months in prison this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court.
On Feb. 10, 2022, Frechette was convicted following a jury trial of aggravated domestic violence, second offense.
Witnesses at trial testified that on November 7, 2020, Frechette assaulted a woman by pushing her into a wall, causing her to suffer a hematoma, abrasions and bleeding. Boyne City police were called and responded to the scene. Frechette had a blood alcohol level of .158%.
In sentencing Frechette to prison, Judge Roy C. Hayes III said that at trial Frechette had concocted a nonsensical and absurd story completely inconsistent with the evidence in the case. The judge observed that at trial the prosecution had presented overwhelming evidence of guilt.
Hayes also observed that Frechette had a long pattern of violent domestic assault directed toward his partners and their children, that he had violated bond while this case was pending and that a report indicating Frechette had narcissistic personality disorder “rings true.”
The judge indicated that the minimum sentencing range called for by the sentencing guidelines (0 to 11 months in jail) was not proportionate to the offense and the offender.
Hayes found that Frechette presented a substantial risk to the community and stated that he was focusing on deterrence and punishment with the sentence.