Shelby man jailed for attempted strangulation.

September 17, 2019

Codie Winfield with defense attorney, Julie Springstead-Waltz.

Shelby man jailed for attempted strangulation.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 26-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to four months in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Sept. 16, for a conviction of attempted assault by strangulation.

Codie Michael Winfield, of 64 S. Michigan Ave., initially faced a more serious felony charge of assault by strangulation, which was dismissed when he pleaded “no contest” to the lesser charge, July 22, in 78th District Court, said Oceana County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chad DeRouin.

“I hope you get the help you so clearly need,” said the victim in the case. “I didn’t land you in jail –– your actions did.”

“I understand that I made a mistake, and I understand that consequences come with the crime,” Winfield said to Judge Bradley G. Lambrix, who gave Winfield credit for 79 days served in jail.

“On June 29, I almost lost my life,” the victim said.

Winfield told Lambrix that he plans to go to counseling, particularly anger management.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-6 months, and the maximum penalty for attempted assault by strangulation is five years in prison, said DeRouin.

Winfield had no prior criminal record other than a marijuana possession conviction that was dismissed through a 7411 deferral, said DeRouin. A 7411 deferral allows a person to plead guilty to a drug possession charge and then have the charge dismissed after a probationary period.

The victim suffered bruising due to the incident, the assistant prosecutor said.

Lambrix also ordered 18 months probation and no contact with the victim.

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