Man who rammed deputy car convicted of assault with intent to murder
The man accused of ramming a Cheboygan County deputy's car, injuring the deputy and two teenage girls in a passing car, was found guilty by a jury Friday.
Andrew Franklin Woodburn, 34, was found guilty of the charges of assault with intent to murder and felony in possession of a firearm.
The trial lasted three days and fourteen witnesses were called for the prosecution. Woodburn was the only witness for the defense.
The jury deliberated for just under two hours before they came back with the guilty verdicts, the prosecutor reports.
He was arrested after he rammed his Ford F-150, in which he allegedly had a mechete and other knives, into a Cheboygan County deputy's patrol car, pushing it into traffic and injuring the deputy and two teenagers in a passing car.
He then confronted the deputy and demanded to be killed. Woodburn had earlier told his parents that he wanted to "die by police." He was tased and arrested.
"I am very pleased with the result and I know Deputy Darren LaChapelle is as well," said Prosecutor Daryl Vizina. "It was the correct result. In this case, we had an enraged man [Woodburn] decide that he was going to attack an officer on patrol."
"It's a miracle everyone survived," Vizina added. "I think we frequently take our officers for granted. They have very dangerous and difficult job. This case illustrates that. I speak for all when I say that I am very grateful for their service."
Sentencing is scheduled for February 11. The assault charge carries a maximum of life in prison. Woodburn will also be sentenced as a habitual offender.