An Iowa man who spat on and assaulted a man who asked him to wear his face mask has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
"If I have it, you have it!" Shane Wayne Michael told Mark Dinning after attacking him, implying he gave him coronavirus.
Have you met Shane Wayne Michael, 42 of Des Moines Iowa? He just got a 10-year sentence for attacking and coughing on a person who asked him to pull up his mask. pic.twitter.com/CQJJVWTDRB— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) June 14, 2021
Both men were at the Vision 4 Less store in Des Moines on November 11th last year when Dinning asked Michael to cover his nose with his face mask, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reports.
Michael said Dinning was the one who instigated the assault, claiming he "shoulder-checked him" and "poked him in the stomach" when they had left the store.
According to reports, the fight eventually ended up with both men wrestling one another. Michael said he had him pinned to the ground when Dinning bit his arm, leading him to poke his finger in Dinning's eye.
However, a witness told officers that it was Michael that had initiated the confrontation by walking over to Dinning after he left the store before attacking and spitting in his face.
Police arrested Michael and charged him with assault causing bodily injury.
In February this year, Polk County prosecutors offered him a plea deal that would have gotten him just 2 years of probation.
Michael rejected this and was later upgraded to willful injury causing serious injury.
Michael was found guilty on April 1st and sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, according to Polk County court records.
Michael's family members spoke out about his prison sentence.
"It's like (Dinning) got a black eye in a bar fight, and now my son is getting 10 years in prison," Michael's father, Dennis said of Wednesday's sentencing.
Michael will leave behind his wife and 6 grown children.
His wife, Becky, admitted she doesn't know what she is going to do without her husband and his father later revealed that his son wears his mask lower due to his asthma.
"He's not going to cover his nose and mouth because he can't breathe. And there was no mask mandate in place. It was just a request by Vision 4 Less that people wear a mask, and he was."
What do you think about the harsh sentencing?