St. Clair Shores man gets 30 years in girlfriend's slaying

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Daniel Michalak

Detroit — A St. Clair Shores man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 30 years in prison for killing his girlfriend at a casino last year, officials said.

Daniel Scott Michalak, 33, was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court to up to 20 years for assault with intent to murder and up to 10 years for assault with intent to maim in the May 29, 2018, death of Tia Marie Vellucci, 27, of Davison.

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Judge Regina Thomas handed down the sentences, which are to be served concurrently, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Earlier this month, Michalak took a plea deal in exchange for authorities dropping an assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder charge against him. The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Tia Marie Vellucci and Daniel S. Michalak

Police officers found Michalak nude outside the MGM Grand Detroit casino and saying he had killed a woman with his bare hands, according to authorities.

They also said they later found Vellucci's body in a hotel room at the casino. The body had multiple stab wounds and the tip of Vellucci's nose was gone from her face. Investigators said they believed Michalak bit her nose off.
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