WINNING CASES IN WHICH MICHAEL A. FARAONE SERVED AS COUNSEL OF RECORD
The following list is not intended to be exhaustive and includes no cases resolved before 2011.
2/14/2019 People v. Cortez Trawets Scott. Genesee County Circuit Court. Miller hearing and re-sentencing of juvenile-lifer successfully ends with life without parole sentence reduced to 25-year minimum plus flat 2-years for felony firearm.
10/2/2018 People v. Farrin Lee Felton. Michigan Court of Appeals grants new trial in drug case (PWID). COA No. 339589.
9/6/2018 People v. Reueben Jenkins, Kent County Circuit Court, 12-month reduction to minimum term in CSC-3rd conviction.
7/2/2018 People v. Philip Charles Maxon, Court of Appeals remands on issue of costs under Konopka.
6/26/2018 People v. Riley Andrew Spitler, Appeal II (Jackson), Court of Appeals denies prosecution appeal (evidentiary issues) on remand.
6/18/2018 People v. Aaron Michael Roush. Barry Circuit Court resentencing, 12-month reduction on minimum.
5/7/2018 People v. Minier. Leelanau County Circuit Court. Judgment of Sentence corrected, lowering sentencing on highest felony from 320-month minimum to a 285-month minimum.
4/24/2018 People v. Reueben Christopher Jenkins. Court of Appeals remands for resentencing. COA No. 338129.
4/11/2018 People v. Aaron Michael Roush. Court of Appeals remands for resentencing, COA No. 342658.
4/3/2018 People v. Teaunte Lawrence Harper. Court of Appeals remands for resentencing, COA No. 335933.
3/19/2018. People v. Javotne Markease Armstrong. Court of Appeals remands to correct judgment of sentence, COA No. 342338.
1/29/2018. People v. Tony M. Williams. Macomb County Circuit Court sets aside attorney fee for prosecutor mistrial.
1/11/2018 People v. Earl Joseph Raffler. Court of Appeals vacates lifetime electronic monitoring and costs, COA No. 336509.
11/16/2017 People v. Ramon Caldwell, Jr. Court of Appeals vacates one count of home invasion on double jeopardy grounds.
10/24/2017 People v. Craig William Ziecina (Jackson). In an appeal taken by the prosecution (the Michigan Attorney General) from a circuit court ruling, the Court of Appeals affirms the suppression of statements defendant made to his employer, the Michigan State Police. Defendant Ziecina has been wrongly accused and unfairly prosecuted, and should soon be exonerated.
10/24/2017 People v. Tracy Lynn Cowan. Michigan Supreme Court remands for evidentiary hearing, MSCt No. 154444.
10/17/2017 People v. Daniel Horacek (Oakland), Court of Appeals affirms conviction but remands for corrections to sentencing.
6/20/2017 People v. Riley Andrew Spitler (Jackson), Court of Appeals grants new trial in second-degree murder conviction involving a teenage defendant who discharged firearm at brother. Trial court erred in allowing police-expert testimony on subject of SCAN / LSA techniques and hearsay evidence into the trial (See 'News' section for perspective of trial counsel).
3/22/2017 People v. Ricky Bridgeman (Ingham), Five years reduced on significant armed robbery sentence.
2/10/2017 People v. Marquel Akeem Sadler, Genesee Prosecutor stipulates to new trial in second-degree murder case.
12/15/2016 People v. Isaac Lamar Woods (Ionia), Remand to Correct judgment of sentence, Court of Appeals No. 329208.
10/7/2016 People v. Pennebaker (Jackson), AWIM Resentencing on minimum from 171 to 132 months, Lockridge remand.
9/13/2016 People v. Jerome Joseph Matthews (Kent), Lockridge remand (to review sentencing), Court of Appeals No. 327632.
8/16/2016 People v. Tracy Lynn Cowan (Oakland), Leave denied but with order finding defendant is entitled to early parole eligibility under MCL 791.234(13), Court of Appeals No. 331947.
8/9/2016 People v. Damion Lavar Nevills Jr. (Berrien), Fine vacated, Court of Appeals No. 328463.
7/26/2016 People v. Ricky Travis Bridgeman, (Ingham), Remanded for resentencing Court of Appeals No. 327102.
4/24/2016 People v. Robert Hezekiah Prescott (Kalamazoo), Lockridge remand, Court of Appeals No. 326769.
4/15/2016 People v. Judy Katherine Higley-Zuehlke (St. Clair), Murder conviction set aside and new trial ordered by the St. Clair County Circuit Court. No appeal expected. See media coverage on 'News' page.
4/12/2016 People v. Jacob Daniel Weeks (Ingham), Remanded for resentencing, Court of Appeals No. 325706.
3/9/2016 People v. Rashad Daquay Perez (Kalamazoo), Felony firearm count vacated and the second-degree murder conviction is remanded for a resentencing, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 324861.
1/19/2016 People v. Derrell Diontae–Vonchai Evans (Washtenaw), remanded for resentencing, Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 322319, 322320, 322321, 322322.
1/16/2016 People v. Tonya Lynn Mathis (Oakland), Resentencing Ordered, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 323821.
1/12/2016 People v. Demarcus Cornellius Finley (Kalamazoo), Remanded for Correction of Judgment of Sentence (JOS), Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 323661.
12/10/2015 People v. Emerson Lamont Beverley (Saginaw), Crosby remand, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 322419.
12/8/2015 People v. Josephus Anderson (Jackson), Crosby remand and Correction to PSIR and JOS, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 323587.
10/22/2015 People v. Pennebaker (Jackson), Lockridge remand, Court of Appeals No. 322117.
9/22/2015 People v. Anthony Lewis McCrory (St. Clair), New Trial Ordered, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 311205.
6/4/2015 People v. Dylin Ackah-Essien (Cass), Published Opinion vacating firearm conviction, Michigan Court of Appeals See 311 Mich App 13.
6/2/2015 People v. Richard Lee Radcliffe (Grand Traverse), Remand for Correction of SIR, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 319175.
5/12/2015 People v. Michael Diabolis Griffis (Kalamazoo), Remand for Correction of Jail Credit, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 320033.
2/17/2015 People v. Aaron Antwaun Robinson (Genesee), Resentencing, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 319226.
7/11/2014 People v. Levon Lee Bynum (Calhoun), First-Degree Murder Conviction Reversed, Published Opinion of Michigan Supreme Court See 496 Mich 610.
2/14/2013 People v. Tyrell Henderson (Genesee), Published Opinion finding AWICAR and AR Violates Double Jeopardy, Michigan Court of Appeals, See 299 Mich App 473.
1/22/2013 People v. Shellenbarger (Ionia), Resentencing Ordered, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 308245.
11/20/2012 People v. Clifford Oneil Harvey (Genesee), Resentencing Ordered, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 306303.
11/7/2013 People v. Antonio Oliver (Saginaw), Resentencing Ordered, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 311136.
3/21/2011 People v. Dale J. Wiggins (Gratiot), Published Opinion Ordering Resentencing, See 289 Mich App 126.
8/10/2010 People v. Wilbet Todd Vance (Kent), Additional Jail Credit Awarded, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 290686.
10/25/2011 People v. Robert Junior Williams (Berrien), Published Opinion Ordering Consecutive Sentence to run Concurrent, See 294 Mich App 461.
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Based in Lansing Michigan, Michael A. Faraone has represented clients throughout Michigan before most of the circuit courts of Michigan, the United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Attorney Faraone focuses on criminal appeals and has consistently obtained favorable results.
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