Justin M. Hannahs, a 21-year-old Midland resident, was recently charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a relative in connection with an incident which allegedly took place in Carrollton Township in September of 2011. On October 23, Hannahs was released from custody after posting bond; now, he has been jailed once again after allegedly threatening the victim that he would kill her.
According to a news article at Mlive.com, Hannahs was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim as a condition of his bond. While the defendant is not accused of contacting the victim directly, Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Barnes claims Hannahs sent a message to the victim through an email he wrote to one of the victim’s friends. In the email, Hannahs states that he will go through the victim’s friends to “get” her, since he can have no contact with her. He also claims that he is coming for her, will have fun and then kill her. Hannahs goes on in the email to say the victim’s “man” cannot stop him, that no one can because no one knows about the threat other than the victim and the friend he sent the email through. He ends the email with, “See you soon (expletive).”
The defendant was charged with extortion and using a computer to commit a crime in addition to first-degree CSC.
Hannahs is also charged with three counts of third-degree CSC by force or coercion in another case involving his ex-girlfriend, who claims that he sexually assaulted her. Authorities were investigating these reports as the defendant was going through the initial stages of the court system in the first case last week. Now, Hannahs is facing charges in two separate cases, however his preliminary hearings which had been scheduled for November 1 and November 12 have bee postponed after the judge approved the defense attorney’s request for a psychiatric exam to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial.
News reports indicate that should Hannah be found competent to stand trial, he may face penalties of 20 years in prison or more for the first-degree criminal sexual conduct and other charges. In the case of his ex-girlfriend, Hannahs may face a prison term of 15 years if convicted.
First-degree CSC is the most serious of all sex offenses, and punishable by up to life in prison. Although the defendant in this case is very young, he could find himself behind bars for decades if found mentally competent.
Anyone who is accused of sexual assault, rape, or who has been charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct must contact a Michigan sex crime defense attorney right away. In Michigan, sex offenses are considered some of the most serious allegations an individual may face. The penalties are extremely harsh, and often life-changing; your career, reputation, and even relationships may be at risk. A seasoned defense lawyer will work vigorously to protect your legal rights and keep you out of jail.