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Mount Pleasant Man Convicted of Several Charges in Domestic and Sexual Assault

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A Mount Pleasant man has been convicted of several charges in domestic and sexual assault, witness tampering, and more, by a federal jury in Bay City, Michigan.

The United States Attorney, Barbara L. McQuade, announced his conviction earlier today.

At the trial before U.S. District Judge, L. Thomas Ludington, 28-year-old Waylon James Pego was charged with three counts of Unlawful Imprisonment, two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, three counts of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender, two counts of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury, two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with the Intent to Cause Bodily Injury, three counts of Interfering with Electronic Communications, and one count of Witness Tampering.

The charges stemmed from multiple incidents, between 2007 and 2012, involving three separate victims.

Pego strangled the victims, held them against their will, threatened two of them with weapons, broke their telephones when they attempted to call for help, threatened to kill them, sexually assaulted one of them, and attempted to influence one victim's testimony before the Grand Jury.

All these crimes occurred on the Isabella Reservation in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Pego could be sentenced, up to life in prison.

The case was investigated by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The case was prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorneys, Roy Kranz and Anca Pop.