Mt. Morris man convicted of strangling girlfriend, returning a week later for another assault

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FLINT (WJRT) (8/29/2018) - A Mt. Morris man was convicted of strangling his girlfriend twice in one week at the home they shared.

A jury found 45-year-old Ray Weldon Garrett guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation, two counts of domestic violence and one count of assault and battery.

He will face a significant prison sentence on Oct. 3, as the court will consider him a habitual offender related to the domestic violence charges, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Investigators say Garrett strangled his girlfriend early on Sept. 29, 2017, in their home near the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and North Saginaw Road.

Mt. Morris police found the woman with red marks on her neck and arrested Garrett. He was released some jail sometime over the next few days.

On Oct. 3, police say Garrett returned to the residence and again assaulted the girlfriend. He was arrested again and remained in custody.

“Domestic violence can be a vicious cycle with many factors at play,” Leyton said. “In this case, we will be advocating for a stiff sentence and we will continue to do what we can to provide guidance, assistance and resources to the victim.”

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