Assault suspect to remain in jail

Judge denies his request to help defense attorney collect evidence


IRON MOUNTAIN — A judge Tuesday denied a request to allow a man charged with felony assault out of jail to assist his defense attorney in gathering evidence.

Damion Antonique-DonTay Sinclair, 41, will remain in jail awaiting motion hearings Oct. 16 and Dec. 12, as well as a Jan. 15 through 17 jury trial.

Sinclair faces assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, a 10-year felony; interfering with electronic communications, a two-year felony; and a habitual offender-fourth status, which increases the charges’ maximum penalties to life and 15 years, respectively.

He reportedly assaulted a woman May 31 in Iron Mountain by choking her until she had trouble breathing and causing physical injuries, according to the criminal complaint.

When the woman tried to contact police, Sinclair shattered her phone, the complaint states.

This reportedly happened while Sinclair was out of jail on bond for violating Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act.

Judge Mary Barglind cited that information, Sinclair’s criminal record and his lack of a permanent address in denying his motion for pre-trial release.

If out on bond, Sinclair would be able to help in obtaining recordings from several of his cell phones, defense attorney Daniel Anderson said.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or