Hart man sent to prison for felonious assault.

December 18, 2017

Chad Riggs with defense attorney Julie Springstead Waltz during a previous court hearing.

Hart man sent to prison for felonious assault.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 43-year-old Hart man was sentenced to 18 months to 15 years in prison Monday, Dec. 18, in 51st Circuit Court for a conviction of felonious assault and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Chad Mitchell Riggs, of 6749 W. Taylor Rd., pleaded “no contest” last month. Because Riggs was on parole at the time of the offense, he received no jail credit.

He was arrested last August by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of assault by strangulation and was lodged in the jail on a $15,000/cash/surety bond.

In exchange for his plea to the added felonious assault charge, the original assault by strangulation charge was dismissed. An aggravated indecent exposure charge from a separate incident that allegedly occurred while he was incarcerated in the Oceana County Jail was dismissed.

Riggs’ habitual offender status elevated his maximum term to 15 years in prison.

Riggs has previous Oceana County felony convictions of larceny in a building, Oct. 2, 2006; assaulting/resisting/obstructing police, March 14, 2011; and second-degree home invasion, Dec. 5, 2011, according to his court file.

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