Benzie County Man Sentenced To 25-50 Years For Assault with Dangerous Weapon, CSC

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A Benzie County man will spend 25 to 50 years behind bars after being sentenced on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and first degree criminal sexual conduct Wednesday, according to the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

In September 2020, Shane Conley, 52, was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder after firing a pistol three times at someone over a jug of motor oil on July 3, 2020.

Through a plea agreement on February 15, Conley pled no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon, and will serve 23 months to four years in prison. The charge of assault with intent to murder was dismissed, according to the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

In November 2020, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report that someone from Benzie County had been sexually assaulted over three years by Conley. In December, Conley was charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct.

After further investigation, Conley was charged in June 2021 with three additional charges of criminal sexual conduct, according to the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

On February 15, while facing seven counts of criminal sexual conduct, Conley accepted a plea agreement and pled no contest to first degree criminal sexual conduct. He will serve a minimum of 25 to 50 years in prison for the charge, and will be subjected to a lifetime of electronic monitoring.

Five charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one charge of second degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed as part of the agreement, says the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Conley also faces related charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Genessee County.