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Chicagoan convicted of strangling former girlfriend unconscious in west suburbs

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A man from Chicago has been convicted of strangling a former girlfriend to unconsciousness at her house in the west suburbs.

Michael Spivey, of the Burnside neighborhood, was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of aggravated domestic battery, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.

Spivey, 48, allegedly drove to his former girlfriend’s home on March 24, 2018, after calling her several times, prosecutors said. When the doorbell went unanswered, Spivey allegedly took out a tire iron and approached her vehicle in the driveway.

The former girlfriend opened the door, and Spivey forced his way in and said he wanted to get his things, prosecutors said. She told him to leave as he gathered his belongings.

When Spivey walked to the front door, he dropped the items, turned around and allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck, prosecutors said. He allegedly strangled her until she passed out.

Michael Spivey
Michael Spivey | DuPage County state’s attorney’s office
DuPage County state’s attorney’s office

Spivey left the home after someone else inside heard the commotion, prosecutors said. Naperville police investigated the incident and later arrested Spivey.

He has remained in custody since he was ordered held on $100,000 bail on April 12, 2018, prosecutors said.

At the time, Spivey was on parole after completing a sentence for a 1993 murder in Cook County, prosecutors said. As a consequence, he is eligible for “class x” sentencing, which carries a penalty of 30 years.

His pre-sentencing court date is set for May 20.