Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 27, 2013

Additional testimony key to rape conviction


The 20-year-old victim said Shananaquet punched her when she got in his truck on Nov. 22. She said she feared for her life as he hit her across the face, choked her and raped her.

Shananaquet testified the victim initiated sex and he had no doubt it was consensual. He said he did hit her twice after he drove her home because she didn’t give him $20 in gas money she promised.

“It makes me feel real bad,” he said when shown photographs of the victim’s bruised face during his testimony.

The woman’s eye was swollen shut, her face was bruised and she had a chipped tooth. Moeggenberg said there were also some indications of choking.

“That was a lot of damage if he only hit her twice,” Moeggenberg said.

Mistele said a conviciton appeal will be filed.

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