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Former Aramark Supervisor Gets Up to 5 Years in Assault-for-Hire Plot

Former prison employee recruited inmate to orchestrate assault of another inmate in retaliation for relative’s murder

LANSING –Michigan Attorney General today announced the sentencing of Michael Robert Young, 27, of Kincheloe, to 24 months to 5 years in prison after he asked an inmate at the prison where he worked to orchestrate the assault of another inmate. The former Aramark supervisor at Kinross Correctional Facility in Chippewa County, was found guilty in December of Solicitation to Commit Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm.

Young was sentenced by Judge James P. Lambros in the 50th Circuit Court in Chippewa County.

“Mr. Young chose to go around our justice system and take the law into his own hands,” said Schuette. “His actions mean he will have to deal with the very system he tried to avoid.”

Case Background

In 2014, an inmate at the Kinross Correctional Facility, where Young was employed as an Aramark Supervisor, reported to the Michigan Department of Corrections that he was solicited by Young to find an inmate to assault another inmate incarcerated at a different correctional facility. At the joint request of the Chippewa County Prosecutor’s office and the Michigan State Police, the Department of Attorney General’s Criminal Division conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations with collaboration from MSP and MDOC.

The investigation found that Young told the inmate the target was serving a sentence for the murder of one of Young’s relatives and provided the inmate with details including the name, prisoner number, and location of the target inmate. Young offered tobacco products to the inmate in return for recruiting an inmate at the other facility to carry out the proposed assault.


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