Judge sentences man for strangling woman on Indian reservation - WNEM TV 5

Judge sentences man for strangling woman on Indian reservation

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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan man was sentenced for strangling a woman on an Indian reservation.

Samuel Maykiss Pego, 27, of Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty in February to assault with intent to murder. On Thursday, May 26 a judge sentenced him to 140 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Police were called to the Isabella Reservation on August 29, 2015 for reports of a woman who had been assaulted.

The victim told police Pego strangled her while saying he was going to kill her. During the assault, the woman thought she was going to die, could not breathe, spit up blood and was knocked unconscious.

Later, when Pego realized he was being investigated for federal charges, police said he tried to get the victim to lie in court by saying the assault never happened.

The case was investigating by Mt. Pleasant Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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