The woman who made up a harrowing-yet-false story of kidnapping and gang rape is now headed for prison after she tried to escape the custody of jail officers.
Leiha Ann-Sue Artman, 27, of Montague was sentenced Jan. 4 to 13 months to four years in the Michigan Department of Corrections after she pleaded to a charge of resisting and obstructing police.
Artman told Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley that addiction has been the reason for her lawlessness, which has included multiple probation violations.
"I don't want to die before I reach 30," she told Smedley on her sentencing date, which was Artman's 27th birthday.
In March 2016, Artman told authorities that four men abducted her from the driveway of her home, threw her in the trunk of their car and then beat and sexually assaulted her. She later admitted making up the story and was sent to a residential jail alternative program.
Following repeated parole violations, Artman was sent to jail, and on Oct. 10, jail corrections officers took Artman to Mercy Health's Hackley Campus. It was alleged that she ran out of the emergency room, chased by officers who quickly detained her.
"Ms. Leiha Ann-Sue Artman was transported from the Muskegon County Jail to Hackley Hospital based upon information provided by her indicating that she may have been sexually assaulted prior to arriving at the jail," Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
Artman told Smedley that her life had "completely spiraled out of control," and said she needs "professional help."
"Ms. Artman, I sure hope this is the last time," Smedley told Artman after sentencing her.
Artman had gone AWOL from the KPEP residential program for probationers on Oct. 1 and an arrest warrant was issued Oct. 2. She was arrested and returned to jail, court records show.
She previously had been in the "swift and sure" intensive probation program, but repeatedly violated rules, court records show.
Arrest warrants were issued June 20 after Artman used alcohol and cocaine on two separate occasions, on July 18 for failing to submit to substance abuse testing and Sept. 7 for use of cocaine, records show.
In March 2016, Artman told authorities that four men abducted her from the driveway of her home, threw her in the trunk of their car and then beat and sexually assaulted her at an unknown location, according to court documents.
Artman's boyfriend reported to investigating Michigan State Police troopers that two days later he had received text messages demanding money for Artman's release, documents show. The text messages, which the boyfriend showed troopers, also included photos of Artman gagged and bleeding from her head, according to the documents.
Artman reported that she later was able to call her boyfriend and he picked her up at a location near her home where her abductors dropped her off, according to the documents.
Date Posted: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 , Total Page Views: 919
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