Sam Riddle's arrest and trial for domestic violence assault on former Michigan State Representative Mary Waters [December 21, 2009]
Riddle Loses Appeal Over Assault, Gun Convictions
Updated: Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011, 11:01 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011, 11:01 AM EST
FOX TV News, Detroit
Sam Riddle appears in court for sentencing on May 27, 2010. (Credit: myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT - The Michigan appeals court has upheld the convictions of Sam Riddle, a Detroit political consultant who pulled out a shotgun when his companion found him in bed with another woman.
The appeals court said Wednesday that a rational person encountering Riddle would have believed his conduct was hostile.
Riddle was convicted of felonious assault and a gun crime last year.
His companion at the time, Mary Waters, called police after discovering him in bed with another woman. Riddle pulled out a shotgun and racked it, although Waters testified that she didn't believe the gun was loaded.
The appeals court says a lack of fear doesn't erase an assault.
Riddle's two-year prison sentence is being served at the same time as his 37-month federal sentence for corruption.