Leiha Ann-Sue Artman of Montague, Michigan has been 4 to 13 months to four years on charges of resisting and obstructing police. Artman had previously fabricated a story about being abducted by a group of men and raped.
According to MLive.com, Artman, a mother of three, has blamed her addictions on a series of crimes she's committed, including various probation violations.
In March of 2016, Artman claimed that she was taken from her home by four black men who physically and sexually assaulted her over the course of two days. Artman's boyfriend at the time received picture messages that showed her gagged and bleeding from the head as she demanded money as ransom. He showed the evidence to police. Artman says that the boyfriend was able to collect her from where the gang had supposedly dropped her off, despite not receiving the ransom, at a location near her home. She later confessed that the story was fictional and was put into a residential jail alternative program. Her motivation for the creation of the story is still unclear.
Artman proceeded to repeatedly violate the terms of her probation. She was sent to jail on October 10th and attempted to escape from an emergency medical area of the facility.
"Ms. Leiha Ann-Sue Artman was transported from the Muskegon County Jail to Hackley Hospital based upon information provided by her indicating that she may have been sexually assaulted prior to arriving at the jail," Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. It’s alleged that while at the hospital, she attempted to flee the custody of the deputies who transported her."
Artman says that her life has "completely spiraled out of control," and that she needs "professional help."
"I don't want to die before I reach 30," she told a judge.
"Ms. Artman, I sure hope this is the last time," said Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley at her sentencing.
The specifics of her probation violations reveal that Artman had used alcohol and cocaine on at least two separate occasions. On July 18th she had refused to submit to drug tests.
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