Greenbank machete wielder faces prison time
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
October 12, 2012 · Updated 3:49 PM
A 25-year-old man who assaulted a teenage girl with a machete in Greenbank was sent to prison.
Cory Michaud pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Oct. 1 to two counts of second-degree assault.
Judge Alan Hancock sentenced Michaud to three years and four months in prison. Two years of the sentence were the result deadly weapons enhancements.
The incident occurred after a 39-year-old Greenbank man gave a 15-year-old neighbor girl a ride home from a transit stop. When the car pulled into the driveway, they encountered the girl’s boyfriend, Michaud, who was clearing vegetation with a machete.
Michaud apparently got angry at seeing the girl in a car with a man and started hitting the car with his machete, according to the deputy’s report.
The driver got out of his car to confront Michaud, but the girl tried to intervene. She attempted to take the machete from Michaud, but he was swinging it and cut her finger.
Another neighbor drove the girl to the hospital, where a doctor stitched her finger.
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