Jury convicts man of violent assault on girlfriend

FLINT — An assault that began at a Flint Township club nearly two years ago has led to the conviction of a Flint man.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced on Monday that Michael Robert Avery, 43, was found guilty by a Genesee County jury of eight felony counts related to an incident that occurred on November 21, 2015 including:

I. Felonious Assault

II. Assault with intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder

III. Felonious Assault

IV. Felon in Possession

V. Felony Firearm

VI. Possession of Cocaine less than 25 grams

VII. Possession of Heroin less than 25 grams

VIII. Carrying a Concealed Weapon

According to testimony and evidence at trial, the assault began at the Luxe Lounge in Flint Township (now closed) with Avery biting his girlfriend on her face. Shortly after, Avery, the victim, and Avery’s cousin left in his car and they headed south on U.S. 23. As Avery was driving, he repeatedly yelled at the victim, punched her and pulled clumps of her hair out. At one point, Avery pulled the car over and pointed a gun at the victim’s head before firing a shot out the car window. Avery then began biting the victim all over her body through her clothes and continued to punch her and cut her repeatedly with a box cutter.

As they continued driving down the expressway, Avery decided to exit near Fenton at which point two tires blew out on his car and he pulled into a gas station. After Avery sent his cousin into the gas station convenience store, he began kicking the victim but she managed to unlock the door and run inside for help. The store clerk called 9-1-1 and police were dispatched to the scene where they arrested Avery. Upon a search of the vehicle, police found heroin and cocaine by the driver’s seat.

Leyton praised the jury for listening closely to the testimony in reaching its verdict.

“This woman suffered a terrible and violent assault at the hands of a man whom she thought cared for her,” said Prosecutor Leyton. “Thankfully, a Genesee County jury answered her calls for justice and Michael Avery will now remain behind bars for some time to come,” he said.

Avery remains lodged in the Genesee County Jail and will be sentenced on May 22.

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