There is a classification in Michigan known as habitual offender. The Michigan Habitual Offender law has been in place for some time, has been amended several times and has survived two challenges before the Michigan Supreme Court.
According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, a habitual offender is a person who commits a felony more than once. The second or subsequent felonies can result in punishments that can be lengthened by the court, and if the person is a habitual offender serving a punishment, he or she cannot be paroled prior to the calendar minimum of the sentence. In other words, no time off for good behavior.
Recently a 34-year-old Lansing man, who is a designated habitual offender, allegedly knocked on his ex-girlfriend's door at about 3:30 in the morning asking to speak to her. According to police, the new boyfriend answered the door, and was assaulted and stabbed by the 34-year-old.
The new boyfriend suffered deep lacerations and was treated at a hospital for injuries that were described as non life-threatening. The girlfriend was not injured, but may have been the one who called the police who reportedly arrived when the 34-year-old was fleeing the scene.
The canine unit tracked the 34-year-old to a hiding spot underneath a car. He had injured his lower leg apparently when he jumped over a retaining wall.
The Lansing man was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and first-degree home invasion. If he is convicted of these charges, he could face up to life in prison.
There is often more to a story than is reported and there may be more to this one. As a designated habitual offender, he will need a vigorous criminal defense to either stay out of jail or limit any jail time.
Source: mLIVE, "Lansing man arraigned on 2 felony charges after allegedly slashing ex's boyfriend," Brandon Howell, June 22, 2012