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January 18, 2014

Prison for man's third domestic violence offense

TRAVERSE CITY — An East Jordan man’s third domestic violence conviction led to a lengthy prison sentence.

Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power on Friday handed down a 2- to 5-year sentence to Alan Ronald Olund, 34, who authorities said punched and choked his girlfriend in an assault that spanned two South Airport Road parking lots in October.

Grand Traverse County Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg said Olund is no exception to the rule that domestic violence offenders’ attacks increase both in frequency and kind of violence. She prosecuted a 2012 domestic violence case involving Olund.

“If it doesn’t get addressed it just gets worse,” Moeggenberg said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the same partner because Mr. Olund did it again (with someone else).”

Court records show Olund pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in 2011 and 2012. Olund’s probation ended months before a sheriff’s deputy found him lurking near his bloodied and crying girlfriend in the Cherryland Center parking lot.

Deputies arrested Olund after following a trail of 911 calls about possible domestic assault. The first calls came from the Wal-Mart parking lot and the last came from the Cherryland Center, in which a witness reported seeing a truck “fly over” through the parking lot, a woman hanging out an open door trying to get out and a “very drunk” man walk away, according to the police report.

Olund initially faced a felony assault by strangulation charge and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, operating while intoxicated and open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. Those were dismissed with his guilty plea.

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