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Flint police solve cold cases thanks to new TV show, 2 suspects sentenced

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Two men have been sentenced in connection with a series of sexual assault cases in one Mid-Michigan community.

And it turns out the arrests are all connected.

A reality TV show about serious crimes where the trail ran cold filmed in Mid-Michigan. Police said it's thanks to the show the suspects were found.

"What we found in our property room were untested sexual assault kits dating back to 2003. And we obviously needed a way to get those kits tested," said Chief James Tolbert, with the Flint Police Department.

With the show Cold Justice putting out feelers, Tolbert took them up on their offer to have the kits tested at no cost to the city. The syndicated show picked up the tab.

"We can bring resources to places that may not have it, or it's going so many other places," said Kathryn Vaughan, executive producer of Cold Justice.

Three men were arrested including Donald Scott for a 2011 sexual assault, Marcel Dixon-Robinson for a 2012 assault, and Michael Coleman. Police said Coleman broke into a home in 2012 and robbed the residents before sexually assaulting one of them.

"We also have two other cases that we're working with DNA evidence on. So far there are great results," Tolbert said.

Great results police said couldn't have happened without Vaughan and her team footing the bill to bring some bad guys to justice.

In 2016 Scott entered a guilty plea in connection with the investigation. He was sentenced in May to 9-30 years in in prison.

Marcel Dixon-Robinson was also found guilty of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Unlawful Imprisonment, Assault with Intent to Commit CSC and Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder. He was sentenced to 23 years and 9 months-40 years in prison.

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