Jury trial postponed


IRON MOUNTAIN — The jury trial for a Channing man accused of assaulting and choking a woman has been postponed due to a witness not being available, according to the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Daniel Cingano Niggeling, 41, had been set for trial next week in Dickinson County Circuit Court, but now that won’t happen until Sept. 10 through 12.

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.

However, Niggeling has claimed in court the police report left out a description of his injuries from the altercation.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.