Carlson receives 5-15 years in prison

BIG RAPIDS — A Farmington Hills attorney will spend up to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman following a Halloween party in 2016.

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Daniel Carlson, 35, was sentenced to between five and 15 years this week in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. He was credited with serving 42 days in jail.

Following a nearly three-week trial presided over by the Hon. Kimberly Booher, a jury found Carlson guilty on May 31 of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman. The incident happened in October 2016 at a Halloween Party at Tullymore Golf Resort.

According to court records, a phone call from jail by Carlson was played at the sentencing hearing, indicating Carlson’s “lack of remorse” for his crime.

Records also indicated Carlson’s defense team made several objections to offense variables used as guidelines for criminal sentencing.

Along with his prison term, Carlson’s sentence includes a stipulation to have no contact with the victim.

Prior to the start of the trail, Carlson also was charged  with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration on May 8.

Those charges stem from incidents on March 10, 2016, and March 11, 2016, in Morton Township, according to court documents.

The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge states the alleged incident occurred during a felony, specified as delivery of controlled substances. One third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge specifies force or coercion was allegedly used, while the other third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge states the victim was incapacitated.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony charge punishable by up to life in prison. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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