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Former CMU student leader gets year in jail in assault case

Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 21:36:45-05

LANSING, Mich. — A former student government leader at Central Michigan University has been sentenced to a year in jail for a misdemeanor in an assault case that was reopened after misconduct by the prosecutor.

Ian Elliott will get credit for more than five months in prison.

He could be released from the Isabella County jail by June with good behavior credits.

Elliott pleaded no contest last year to third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony.

But state police subsequently learned that Brian Kolodziej, an assistant attorney general, was having an intimate relationship with the victim in the case.

“Today’s sentencing closes a long and distressing case for many involved, especially the two victims, who have been put through a very difficult experience,” Nessel said. “While several factors contributed to this sentencing, the agreement made with the defendant’s counsel ensures Mr. Elliott will continue to serve time behind bars with additional conditions imposed throughout his probation.”

He initially pleaded no contest to one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced Aug. 2, 2019, to a minimum of 366 days in prison up to a maximum of 180 months.

Elliot was originally charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit penetration.

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