Lyon woman who cut the leash was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for assault

Jessica Kropiewnicki only made matters worse when she cut the leash to avoid a date for convicting an assault with intent to file a charge.

Despite her apologetic apology on Wednesday, Judge James Alexander reprimanded the Lyons parish woman who could have spent five years in prison had she continued her good behavior and not become a refugee.

He sentenced her to 180 to 360 months – up to 30 years – in prison.

Kropiewnicki, who had been on the run for about three weeks, did not plead for competition earlier this year because she was responsible for the badly defeat of Aleksander Malec of Northville in May 2019.

The victim had romantic interests in Kropiewnicki, and he testified that a seemingly lucky hacker Kropiewnicki took him to a wooded part of the parish of Lyon and mentioned that it was a place her dog Turbo enjoyed.

Co-defendant Christopher Simons allegedly waited with a bat. Attacked and hospitalized, Malec continues to suffer from seizures and ongoing trauma from his injuries.

“You had the opportunity to make amends,” Alexander told Kropiewnicki. “You have had the opportunity to spend really little time behind bars and then get on with your life.

“And your crime is terrible. You hurt a guy who was in love with you. I don’t know if you were threatened or not. (But) you called Alex. You lured him into a terrible, terrible, terrible thing. Then you ran away instead of continuing with the chance that you had a minimal set. I am very disappointed.”

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Christopher Simons

Simon’s case continues in Oakland County Circuit Court. It is slated for a hearing in November.

Prosecutor Kelly Collins said Kropiewnicki, 26, knew Simons, 30, would attack Malec, but not to the extent that “was near death”.

Defense attorney Doug Oliver said the police report found Kropiewnicki said Simons, of Fowlerville, beat his client, threatened her and forced her to call Malec to arrange meetings the night before the attack.

Simons also wrote someone that he did not know whether he would kill Kropiewnicki or live with her forever.

“There was no decision about what my client’s intention was,” said Oliver. “I disagree with the prosecutor that my client deliberately intended to kill. The DNA was run on the batting gloves and the bat. And there was no DNA from my client on either the gloves or the bat. There was DNA from her co-defendant, Mr. Simons. “

Kropiewnicki agreed on Wednesday that she had done everything right – finding employment, complying with the Tether Rules, and even going to Oakland County Circuit Court twice for a conviction that was pushed back at least once.

Her fear increased and broke out, which panicked her and ran out of her grandparents’ home on September 1, the eve of her last sentencing date.

The investigators shortly thereafter visited the room in which she had lived. According to the prosecutor, they found alcohol and learned that Kropiewnicki had been hanging out with men – not family, not her lawyer – at the end of the driveway, clearly violating the court’s orders.

When law enforcement stopped her in traffic last week, she was with a man and had a bag full of white pills.

“Miss Kropiewnicki, every time you laugh, every time you shake your head, another year is added to your verdict,” warned Alexander during the hearing.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I don’t laugh. I get nervous.”

When given the opportunity, she continued to apologize to the court, her family, and Malec. She also said she continued to receive letters from the Northville man.

Malec had already asked the judge for the maximum sentence. He talked about flashbacks and didn’t know how big his physical injuries were. He doubts he’ll ever be the same.

“She didn’t care about my life and ignored it,” Malec told Alexander about Zoom. “She had ample opportunities and time to help me, but made no attempt to call 911 or get help for me. I lost all respect, trust and sympathy for her.

“I’m not vengeful towards Jessica. I just want justice to be served for their actions. It took my parents’ life, my life, and my sister’s too. I am asking the court to give the maximum sentence for this crime committed by Jessica. As one of my therapists told me – I’ve been to hell and back. ”

Contact reporter Susan Vela at or 248-303-8432. Follow her on Twitter @susanvela.

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