Ex-Aramark supervisor sentenced in revenge plot

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Former Aramark supervisor Michael Robert Young was sentenced Thursday to 2-5 years in prison for recruiting an inmate to orchestrate another prisoner’s assault in an alleged revenge plot.

Young, 27, of Kincheloe was found guilty in December of solicitation to commit assault with intent to cause great bodily harm. He was sentenced by Judge James P. Lambros in the 50th Circuit Court in Chippewa County.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the sentence on Thursday.

“Mr. Young chose to go around our justice system and take the law into his own hands,” Schuette said. “His actions mean he will have to deal with the very system he tried to avoid.”

While Young was an Aramark employee at Kinross Correctional Facility in Chippewa County in 2014, an inmate there told the Michigan Department of Corrections that the worker solicited him “to find an inmate to assault another inmate incarcerated at a different correctional facility,” state officials said in a statement.

Young allegedly told the inmate that the targeted person was serving a sentence for murdering a relative, then provided details including the name, prisoner number and location, according to Schuette’s office. He also offered tobacco products in exchange for recruiting an inmate at another facility to carry out the assault.

After a request from the Chippewa County Prosecutor’s Office and Michigan State Police, Schuette’s criminal division investigated the allegations with help from MSP and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Young was among about 90 Aramark employees dismissed for various issues.

Michigan had contracted with Philadelphia-based Aramark for prison food service 2015, when Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration terminated a $145 million deal. Problems reported included maggots found in kitchen areas and incidents of workers engaging in sex acts with prisoners or smuggling drugs.