Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Michigan Woman Lied About Rapes Gets 5 Years

It is so that in her account, signals of deception would be present.  This is a reminder on just how invaluable proper training is.  Lives are ruined by the inability to discern deception. 
"The subject is dead; the statement is alive" means that the person is not being analyzed, only the words. 
Her face expression is meaningless. 
Her tears do not exist. 
Her voice inflection is not heard nor taken into an account.
Statement Analysis is done of the words she chooses to employ.   

PORT HURON, Mich. — A judge sentenced a "tormented and disturbed" Michigan woman to at least five years in prison Friday for falsely accusing two men of rape, a punishment that came just days after she pleaded no contest to a cancer scam in a separate case that also challenged her credibility.
St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly exceeded the guidelines, saying it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to less.
In December, Ylen, 38, was convicted of making up a story about two men attacking her at her Lexington home, 80 miles northeast of Detroit. The jury also convicted her of tampering with evidence by using makeup to create what looked like bruises.
Ylen's integrity has been shattered after years of being considered a sympathetic figure in eastern Michigan.
She accepted thousands of dollars from supporters and was treated by a hospice service for two years after claiming to have end-stage cervical cancer that had spread throughout her body. But state police found no evidence confirming a cancer diagnosis, and Ylen on Monday pleaded no contest to fraud in Sanilac County.
"This is a tormented and disturbed woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to wreak havoc upon other individuals, potentially subjecting them to life in prison in order to gain sympathy and notoriety for herself," the judge said Friday.
Ylen declined to speak in court, although her attorney, David Heyboer, said a year in the local jail would have been enough.
Kelly, however, sentenced Ylen to a minimum of two years in prison on the false rape report and a minimum of three years in prison for evidence tampering. The sentences will run consecutively. Her eventual release will be determined by the state parole board.
"This was justice in its best form," prosecutor Suzette Samuels said after the hearing.
Ylen had accused a construction company owner and a mental health worker of bursting into her home and raping her after she drove her children to school in 2012. They attended the same church as her ex-husband.
The judge said Ylen created her own injuries and even carved a vulgarity on her arm. Kelly noted that the "well-respected men" could have been charged with rape except for their "air-tight alibis" and doubts about the story by police.
Both men spoke before Ylen was sentenced and said their reputations had been harmed in their small communities.
The public first learned about Ylen in 2003 when she agreed be featured in "Sara's Story," an award-winning series in the Port Huron Times Herald, in which she talked about being raped in daylight in the parking lot of a major retail store in 2001. Her alleged attacker, James Grissom, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
But Grissom was released from prison in 2012 after a judge threw out his rape conviction. Police in Bakersfield, Calif., said Ylen made up rape allegations during a 2001 trip there, evidence that wasn't available to Grissom to challenge her credibility when he was on trial.
Grissom, 56, was in court Friday, sitting in the first row directly behind Ylen. He called her sentence a "slap on the wrist."
The spectators included Ylen's ex-husband, Jim, as well as many former supporters who cared for her and raised money when they believed she had cancer.
"The judge's statement was pretty powerful," state police Sgt. Barb Soffin said outside the courtroom. "My law enforcement side said I should have known better, but I saw her with my heart."
Please note that the subject is dead; the statement is alive.  The dispassionate scientific analysis of her words should have been done.  Period.  
I do respect Barb Soffin for her admission, and hope she gets training.  

Ylen will be sentenced in the fake cancer case on Feb. 19.


impulsive said...

OT - Peter! I just read this article on huffington post about a letter from an "admirer" that caused police/locals to be concerned. Here is a link:


I thought it would be interesting to read your analysis as far as if the author is/is not a threat to the woman based on the letter.

Anonymous said...

it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to less.
Judges seem to be throwing that around an awlful lot lately. it is mind control, it leads one to think that 2 years is a great amount, and forgetting that 20-40 is the standard.
in setting ones punishment, consider what that person would have done unto others. she would have it that two men would serve life in prison. not to mention this isnt the first time she had done this.
"This was justice in its best form," prosecutor Suzette Samuels....... lolzor, really?
James Grissom, after serving 8-9 years for made up rape allegations, called her sentence a "slap on the wrist."
she let him in prison for 8-9 years and she gets 2 years for this new case.
"travesty of justice"

Anonymous said...

OT: Debra Milke update: Double jeopardy arguments heard in son's killing case

Lawyers for an Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row before having her conviction overturned want a judge to bar a retrial in her son's 1989 killing on grounds that it amounts to double jeopardy.

During a hearing Friday, Debra Milke's attorneys argued a retrial would violate her Fifth Amendment right against being tried twice for the same offense since her conviction was overturned, in part, because of prosecutorial misconduct.

"The conduct is so egregious. Egregious is really an understatement," defense lawyer Michael Kimerer told the judge.

Milke was released on bond in September. She was found guilty in 1990 on charges that she had two men take her 4-year-old son, Christopher, into the desert outside Phoenix and shoot him in the back of the head.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned her conviction in March. The panel cited, in part, the prosecution's failure to turn over evidence that deprived her attorneys of the chance to question the credibility of the state's key witness -- a detective who told jurors she confessed.

Doubts about now-retired Phoenix police Detective Armando Saldate's honesty arose during Milke's appeals. The 9th Circuit cited numerous instances in which Saldate committed misconduct in previous cases, including lying under oath and violating suspects' rights, details that were not provided to Milke's defense lawyers during her trial.

The case against Milke rested largely on the purported confession, which Saldate did not record, so jurors were left with his word alone that she told him of her involvement in the killing. Milke has maintained her innocence and denied she ever confessed. The two men convicted in the child's death did not testify against her and remain on death row.

Saldate has since asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and is refusing to testify at Milke's retrial.

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John Mc Gowan said...

impulsive said...
OT - Peter! I just read this article on huffington post about a letter from an "admirer" that caused police/locals to be concerned. Here is a link:



Hi Impulsive,

Ive just read the letter and to me it is very concerning, Whether it is supposed to be a prank or not the strong usage of the pronoun "I" is what i first
noticed..Whoever it is is taking full possession and ownership of their words, and they are not afraid to do so.

Shelley said...

Interesting..... First I have seen this....

Former Ramsey housekeeper Linda Hoffmann-Pugh, speaking publicly for the first time about her testimony before the Boulder County grand jury, told reporters Thursday:

* She thought Patsy Ramsey had killed JonBenet.

* The grand jury seemed to zero in on Patsy Ramsey, and she thought it would indict her.

* A Swiss Army knife was found in the basement room where JonBenet's body was found.

* "Only Patsy could have put that knife there. I took it away from Burke (JonBenet's older brother) and hid it in a linen closet near JonBenet's bedroom. An intruder never would have found it. Patsy would have found it getting out clean sheets."

* Pieces of rope were tied around JonBenet's neck and wrist when her body was discovered Dec. 26, 1996.

* The blanket wrapped around JonBenet's body had been left in the dryer. There was still a Barbie Doll nightgown clinging to the blanket, so it had to have come out of the dryer recently, she said. Only Patsy would have known it was in the dryer, she said.

* An intruder never would have found the door to the basement room where JonBenet's body was discovered. It was too difficult to see unless someone knew it was there, she said.