Iowa Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Face Mask Assault

The Des Moines Register reports:

A man convicted of following a man to a car and assaulting him after being told to raise the mask on his face in November was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.

Shane Wayne Michael, 42, of the Saylor Township was arrested and charged after the Nov. 11 assault at the Vision 4 Less eyewear at 3945 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. A jury convicted Michael of willful injury causing serious injury last month.

While on the ground, Michael began gouging the victim’s eye and kneed him in the genitals, according to the report, so the victim bit Michael to get him off of him. The victim also said that Michael coughed in his face, spit on him and said “‘If I have it, you have it,'” according to the report.

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The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported in April:

In February, Polk County prosecutors offered a plea deal that would have allowed Michael to enter a plea to willful injury causing bodily Injury, a Class D felony, with the state requesting a deferred judgment that would have resulted in two years of probation.

Michael rejected that offer, opting to take his case to a jury. Prosecutors then upgraded charge to willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C forcible felony. On April 1, a Polk County jury found Michael guilty of the lesser offense of assault causing bodily injury.

Michael’s attorney, Eric Manning, said the convicting offense carries a mandatory 10-year prison term.