Kyle Clayton Christianson, 20, bowed his head as Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing pronounced him guilty of unlawful imprisonment, assault by strangulation and felonious assault.
The verdict followed a two and a half-day bench trial.
The Spring Lake man faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced March 3. He was remanded back to the Ottawa County Jail.
The charges stem from an incident when Christianson’s girlfriend, Journey Kopka, 18, was missing with him for a couple of hours on Aug. 27, 2013. She returned to her Grand Haven home that night disheveled and distraught, and telling her parents that “he took me.”
Christianson's family and friends, filling half the courtroom, sat in stunned silence after the verdict.
On the other side, Kopka and her mother cried with relief.
“I can’t believe it’s over,” Kopka said. “I can’t wait to start my life over knowing that I am safe.”
Kopka said although there were "some good parts" to their relationship, Christianson was abusive and controlling.
“I couldn’t leave,” she said.
During the trial's testimony, it was revealed that Kyle Christianson took a video on his cellphone that “shows the defendant exhibiting controlling and manipulative behavior," Hulsing said. In the video, Christianson threatens to harm himself and Kopka can be seen crying in the background.
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