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Man sentenced in Ortonville double shooting

Quigley pled guilty

Michael Joseph Quigley at sentencing Sept. 14, 2018. (WDIV)
Michael Joseph Quigley at sentencing Sept. 14, 2018. (WDIV)

ORTONVILLE, Mich. – A man who shot his wife and another man in Ortonville was sentenced Thursday.

Michael Quigley faced charges of two counts of assault with intent to murder, home invasion, assault and felony firearms violations.

Quigley shot his estranged wife and her friend before leading law enforcement officers on a 20-hour manhunt that closed schools in the region.

The shooting happened Nov. 14, 2017.

He pled guilty.

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Prosecutors said the shooting was premeditated and argued for Quigley to receive a more lengthy sentence.

They said Quigley expressed "excessive brutality" when he shot his estranged wife, Stephanie Bretzloff, in the head and refused to allow her to call her mother after she was shot.

They argued that his conduct was designed to increase fear and anxiety in the victims. According to prosecutors the victims continue to suffer serious health issues.

Video: Prosecutor speaks before sentencing

A friend read Stephanie Bretzloff's victim impact statement on her behalf requesting the maximum sentence. The statement describes what Bretzloff went through during the incident, and immediately after.

"Michael Quigley, the man I was with for 20 years, tried to murder me," Bretzloff's statement read.

Video: Victim impact statement read on behalf of Stephanie Bretzloff 

Ryan Sharp's young daughter was at the scene during the shooting.

Video: Ryan Sharp shares victim impact statement

Video: Defense, Quigley speak before sentencing 

Video: Judge hands down sentence


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