Mich. man convicted for extorting ex-wife
A Washtenaw County jury has convicted a 44-year-old man for extorting his ex-wife, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday.
Kevin Beverly, formerly of Washtenaw County, had previously been charged in July.
Investigators allege in October 2012 he repeatedly contacted his former spouse, “instructing her as to how she should testify at their upcoming child support proceeding and made threats that she would be harmed if she did not follow his instructions,” Schuette’s office said in a statement.
After his ex-wife made a victim impact statement during a sentencing hearing in April 2013 for aggravated stalking, he allegedly threatened and intimidated her, according to the release.
“No woman should be treated the way that Kevin Beverly treated his ex-wife, it is wrong to intimidate or threaten anyone,” Schuette said. “I took on this case because neither Nicole Beverly, nor any survivor of domestic violence, should ever be silenced, and I am glad that the members of the jury showed the world that this behavior is unacceptable.”
Beverly has been charged with one felony count of extortion and one felony count of witness intimidation.
Extortion is a 20-year felony and witness intimidation is a 15-year felony. Sentencing is set for May 15.