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Sheriff's & Prosecutor's Office Achieve Conviction in 2009 Sexual Assault, Assault and Great Bodily Harm Case

On May 2nd, 2013, a jury rendered a guilty verdict for Anthony Chandler in a 2009 Ypsilanti Township Sexual Assault, Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm, Felonious Assault case.

Detective Sinks and Deputies Smith & RoyThe incident occurred late at night in March of 2009.  The victim was walking alone on Harris Road when she realized she was being followed.  She ran into some nearby apartments in an attempt to hide from her follower.  She knocked on some doors, but unfortunately no one answered.  After a brief period of time she thought her follower had departed, so she stepped back onto the roadway.  At this point, now convicted suspect Anthony Chandler attacked her.   The victim was beaten, sexually assaulted, and the suspect attempted to cut her throat.

Hearing cries for help, a local citizen called 911.  Realizing law enforcement was responding to the incident, Chandler fled the area.  Deputies J. Smith and J. Roy were first to arrive on scene and their initial response was outstanding.   Their work with the victim, initial investigation of the crime scene including locating and documenting valuable evidence were crucial in leading Detectives to Anthony Chandler.

A special thanks to Detective Sinks for his in-depth investigation and Prosecutor Robyn Liddell for the eventual conviction of Chandler, bringing justice to the victim and the community.  This investigation traveled over state lines, and involved a number of law enforcement agencies including but not limited to Ann Arbor Police K-9 and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

  “Although the wheels of justice move slowly at times, they do turn; and justice was appropriately served in this case.  I’m proud of the comprehensive work of our staff and our Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.”
   ~ Jerry L. Clayton, Sheriff

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