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Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 5:57 a.m.

Man accused of running girlfriend over with car sentenced to 14-21 years in prison

By Chelsea Hoedl


Michael Glenn

Courtesy of WCSO

The 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township man accused of beating his girlfriend, running her over with a car and locking her in a trunk was sentenced Tuesday in the Washtenaw County Trial Court to 14-21 years in prison.

Judge Donald E. Shelton sentenced Michael Glenn to 171-257 months on a count of assault with intent to murder, 32 months to four years in prison for felonious assault and 40 months to 5 years for stealing a vehicle. Sentencing for the three counts will run concurrently and credit for 180 days was given.

“Michael has caused me so much pain inside,” the victim told Shelton prior to sentencing. “He had never abused me, but that day I thought he was going to murder me.”

Onlookers sitting in gallery of the courtroom Tuesday struggled to hold back tears as the woman recounted for the court the events of November 27, 2012 in detail, saying that the incident started when Glenn began asking her if she was pregnant and if their relationship was over.

Despite the horrific events of the night, the woman asked the court to give Glenn 30 years on parole in her closing remarks because she said she still wants him to have a life.

Glenn apologized to the woman, the woman's family and his own family in front of the court.

“This has been a learning experience I will never forget,” Glenn said.

According to police, the woman went to Glenn’s Ypsilanti Township home that night with the intention of breaking up with him. Glenn got into her car and after they started arguing, he began punching her in the face repeatedly.

The woman was stabbed multiple times with an unknown object and was strangled until she blacked out before Glenn took her out of the car and ran her over with the vehicle, according to police. He then tried to put her in the trunk of the vehicle.

The woman was able to convince Glenn she wouldn’t leave him, at which point she escaped from the trunk. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

In June, Glenn pleaded guilty to three of the ten charges against him: count one, assault with intent to murder; count three, assault with a dangerous weapon; and count eight, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle.

Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for She can be reached at



Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 1:48 a.m.

Punching a woman in the face, running her over with your car and locking her in the trunk is a learning experience that most of us would probably not forget.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 10:05 p.m.

Way too short. Shame on you Shelton.

cactus charlie

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

Shelton again is too lenient with his sentencing. This is the second case I know of that the offender has purposefully tried to kill the victim yet he gave a relatively short sentence (on the other that I know of he gave the same sentence as a third offense DUI). Had the victims in each been killed the offenders probably would have gotten life sentences. Thus, the victims are penalized for living given Shelton's method of sentencing. He should be voted out of office.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

"The woman was stabbed multiple times with an unknown object and was strangled until she blacked out before Glenn took her out of the car and ran her over with the vehicle, according to police. He then tried to put her in the trunk of the vehicle." What a monster. He deserves a lot longer than 14-21 years.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 3:58 p.m.

This is sad, the girl asking for 30 years of probation for him shows her own dysfunction. I don't know if she is afraid of what would happen to her if he was convicted or just traumatized from the abuse but I wouldn't wish mercy on someone that did this to me.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

Excellent point, Kalamityjane. It is sad. She really needs counseling but that's not cheap. Everyone sees something like this differently, I guess. I could feel mercy if it was an accidental happening (car accident or something) but this was intentional. That's a whole different thing to me.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 3:58 p.m.

Let's all remember that the judge has to abide by the state-mandated sentencing guidelines. The legislators, in their infinite wisdom, have tied the hands of our judiciary.

Susan Ursus

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 11:58 p.m.

Judges have the discretion to go outside the guidelines.

Judi Jones

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

"A learning experience"? Wow. Sentencing does not seem to fit his monstrous and psychopathic behavior of this man. Have to agree with another reader--ladies, a man doesn't have to lay a hand on you to be abusive. Learn to read the signs. Your life could depend on it.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

"Pleaded Guilty" ?


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2:49 p.m.

"This has been a learning experience I will never forget," What??? A learning experience??? Yes, I learned it's wrong to try to kill my girlfriend when she wants to break up with me. Wow, just wow.

Ms Anne Thrope

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

I am thoroughly disgusted with this sentence. This is one judge I will NOT EVER vote for if he comes up for re-election. Mr. Glenn tried to kill her in THREE different ways (stabbed, choked, and run over). Fourteen years is a miscarriage of justice. He'll be 35 when he gets out (if we're lucky). Post his photo and pray he doesn't date your daughter, sister, granddaughter when he gets out. He WILL do it again.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

Actually, most incarcerated men were abused as children and/or had to watch their mothers beaten and otherwise abused by the men in their life. They do not have much sympathy for other prisoners convicted of these crimes. He may learn more of a lesson than he expects. Violence against teenage girls by their boyfriends has increased significantly in the past couple of decades. The most important thing of all is to educate women about the warning signs that a man, regardless of his age, may become abusive. Also raise your daughters to have enough self esteem that they will walk out of a relationship as soon as there is even one warning sign.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2 p.m.

This sentence is an outrage - it is LONGER than the average murder sentence. Why - because the defendant is black. Were he white, the sentence would have been far shorter. Obviously, all those applauding the judge are also white (even though they would certainly claim to not be prejudiced).


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 2:26 p.m.

Are? You? Kidding?!


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

Give me a break. This has absolutely nothing to do with race. "The woman was stabbed multiple times with an unknown object and was strangled until she blacked out before Glenn took her out of the car and ran her over with the vehicle, according to police. He then tried to put her in the trunk of the vehicle." If you don't think he got off easy for trying to MURDER this woman you are a sick individual.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

This is a "long" sentence? He tried to murder the woman after repeatedly beating her! This sentence is far too SHORT! I'm black and I'm appalled! I don't see a case of racism here, quite frankly I think he got off easy all things considered. And I don't know what murderers you've seen getting short sentences but I typically see them getting life unless its manslaughter or acceidental death being charged.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2:20 p.m.

I don't know the color of the judge but MOST importantly, I do NOT KNOW THE COLOR OF THE VICTIM. Plubius, why are you so worried about the color of the convicted man without mentioning the color of the VICTIM? Because the victim is a WOMAN? Would it matter to you if the woman he tried to kill was black or white? Or is she transparent?


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 2:18 p.m.

Plubius, I agree with you that black men are far more likely to be arrested, convicted and incarcerated than white men committing the same crimes. However, I support long sentences against anyone convicted of domestic violence. People who kill their own children also get lesser charges and sentences than other murderers. All of this goes back to the fact that the murder of persons who are considered "property" are taken less seriously by our society. Because black folks were once considered property, they continue to be treated differently.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

Although the girlfriend perceived this man as not abusive previously, he undoubtedly had been. Women are conditioned to accept "controlling" and emotional abuse as "not abusive." There is an "abuse wheel" easily found online to help women to identify abuse. Abuse also happens in gay and lesbian relationships and women abuse men, especially if the man is disabled, although it is more common with an abusive man and "his" woman. The first thing the abusive person will do is to isolate his/her partner and destroy self esteem. Breaking up with an abusive man is the time when he is most likely to kill the woman. When he is released, he may well "come back to claim what is his." This woman may be in danger at that point. He will be eligible for parole in 11 1/2 years. Hopefully, she will ask to be notified of his release. Also, the criminal justice system often does not notify the victim until the day the perpetrator is actually released, even in the case of child sexual abuse.

Matt Cooper

Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 3:23 a.m.

Generally speaking I agree with you. However, unless you know the people involved, and are intimately familiar with their relationship, you cannot "undoubtedly" adjudge it to be abusive.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 12:45 p.m.

This is one thing that makes no sense to me: If he had successfully killed this person, he would have received a longer sentence, I would think. But basically he is receiving a shorter sentence due to his failure to achieve his goal....or her strength to survive. INTENT TO MURDER......that is to me what should matter. I think that is what matters to the public. Maybe I'm wrong. That's where the law totally loses me.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

Well the law frequently determines punishment based on consequences of the action. I agree with you that it's a little strange, but this is basic retributivism at work.


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 12:24 p.m.

For the details of this horrific attack, I think 14-21 years is about half of what he should have gotten. Someone posted on an earlier article that this guy is essentially getting a break because the victim was tough enough to live through everything he did to her, not because he wasn't trying to kill her, and I completely agree. Yeah, I'm sure he's learned a lesson he'll never forget.....


Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 12:47 p.m.

Yes, I posted in that regard last time, but my post was zapped later. Maybe now that he is sentenced they will let me post it.

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 11:16 a.m.

Thank you Judge Shelton.