Back to prison for man sentenced on assault charge

Becky Vargo • Feb 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A Muskegon man will spend at least five years in prison for an assault on his girlfriend in Olive Township last summer.

Loren Lee Lavassuer, 33, will not get any credit for time served because he was on parole from prison at the time of the incident, Ottawa County Circuit Judge Karen Miedema said during Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Lavassuer has been in jail since July 26, 2017, according to court records. He was scheduled to be discharged from parole on June 11.

Miedema noted that Lavassuer was on his seventh felony conviction and had 23 misdemeanors on his record, as well. His prison sentence, on a third domestic violence conviction, must be served consecutive to parole.

“The court is concerned about your assaultive behavior, especially against women,” Miedema said to Lavassuer.

According to court records, Lavassuer went to the victim’s home shortly after 6 a.m., banged on her door until she awoke and, once inside, assaulted her. Officials said he used his hand to check her to see if she was in a relationship with another man.

Despite the incident, Lavassuer claimed the two were still in a relationship and he asked the judge if she would set aside a no-contact order.

“No,” Miedema replied.

Lavassuer said that he felt terrible about the entire incident.

“I just want to work on myself,” he told the judge before being sentenced.

Lavassuer was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct third degree — force or coercion. That charge was dropped in a plea agreement, in which Lavassuer entered no-contest pleas to third-offense domestic violence, two counts of bribing or intimidating a witness, and fourth-offense habitual offender.

According to information from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Lavassuer was sentenced Nov. 3, 2015, to 18 months in prison for a third domestic violence charge. 

He previously served prison time in 2008 for assaulting a prison employee and resisting/assaulting a police officer. That sentence was for four years and nine months.

In 2004, Lavassuer was imprisoned for 18 months for assault with a dangerous weapon.

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