A couple sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to assault with intent to murder the man’s mother were sentenced last year to prison. Tiffany Chanthavong, 23, was sentenced in October, 2016 to 23.3 to 40 years in prison. Two weeks later, her boyfriend Cory Wagner, 28, was sentenced to prison for 15 to 35 years.
Both have been allowed to withdraw their pleas on legal technicalities to do with plea taking procedures, and both were back in court Sept. 8 seeking new trials, according to the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office.
Chanthavong and Wagner waived preliminary exams. Wagner’s pre-trial hearing is set for Oct. 12,
Chanthavong’s for Oct. 26. On July 4, 2016, the couple were at Wagner’s mother’s house on Huff Road in Assyria Township asking for money to leave the state for him to get away from problems with the law in Michigan.
When Diane Wagner refused, the pair severely beat her, threatened her with a knife, bound her with duct tape, tied her to a chair, locked her in a bathroom, took her credit card and her car and fled.
They were arrested in Illinois the next day and brought back to Barry County for trial.
Photos: (top) Tiffany Chanthavong
(bottom) Cory Wagner