Channing defendant gets new attorney


IRON MOUNTAIN — A Channing man accused of assaulting a woman was given a new court-appointed defense attorney Monday after claiming his former attorney wasn’t defending him to his liking.

Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya appointed Abbey Anderson as the new attorney for 41-year-old Daniel Cingano Niggeling and set an April 2 supplemental pre-trial conference.

Niggeling and his former defense attorney, Gregory Seibold, agreed there was a “fundamental disagreement” and “breakdown of communications” between them. Niggeling said he wanted an attorney who would assist him as a “hired hand” and take his advice.

Ninomiya told him he had a right to a court-appointed attorney, not a court-appointed attorney of his choice. If Niggeling has issues with Anderson as well, he may only be left with the option of representing himself, the judge said.

Niggeling faces assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, a 10-year felony; domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor; operating with a suspended license, a 93-day misdemeanor; and a habitual offender-fourth status, which increases the maximum penalty on the felony to life.

A woman told police Niggeling consumed a “large amount” of alcohol Jan. 9 before picking a fight with her, punching her in the face, throwing her on a bed and choking her until she had difficulty breathing, according to the criminal complaint.

Niggeling reportedly took the woman’s vehicle — even though his driver’s license is suspended — and drove to a nearby cemetery in Sagola Township, where police arrested him, the complaint states.

Police reported the woman’s injuries were consistent with her version of events.

In court, Niggeling said the police report left out a description of his injuries from the altercation.

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