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Published: Monday, 7/7/2014

Man gets 6 to 10 years in prison in Detroit attack


DETROIT  — A man who pleaded guilty to taking part in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist has been sentenced to prison.

Wonzey Saffold pleaded guilty to assault in exchange for having an attempted murder charge dropped. He was sentenced today in Wayne County Court to serve six years and four months to 10 years in prison.

He was one of five people who pleaded guilty in the attack. Bruce Wimbush also is scheduled to be sentenced today.

Steve Utash, a tree trimmer from Macomb County, was severely beaten after he got out of his pickup to check on a 10-year-old boy who had darted in front of his vehicle in Detroit.

Utash spent several days in a coma after the April 2 attack.

Two more defendants will be sentenced Thursday.

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