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      Michigan Court of Appeals upholds prison assault conviction

      The State of Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Marquette Branch Prison inmate convicted of assault.

      Dennis Grayson was convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault of a prison employee and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.

      This conviction stemmed from an incident in which Grayson was pulled aside for allegedly spitting on a prison guard. Officer Sergeant Eugene Sebaly testified that Grayson lunged at him and cut him with a razorblade on the hand and neck.

      While Grayson admitted there was a struggle, he testified that Sebaly had been the aggressor and that he did not at any time possess the razorblade.

      According to the report, the defense appealed on two grounds. The first appeal was that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction for assault with intent to do great bodily harm. He claims that the 'superficial' nature of Sebaly's wounds shows he could not have intended to inflict great bodily harm.

      He also contested that the jury should have believed his version of what transpired in which Sebaly was the aggressor. The Court of Appeals disagreed on both counts.

      The appeals court decision, found here, discusses each issue and why it was insufficient to overturn the conviction.