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Hamilton Township – A man who pleaded guilty in a 2017 attack on a man who was digging for money reportedly hidden in a mid-Michigan cemetery has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports 50-year-old Brett Ostrander of Gladwin learned his punishment this week after pleading guilty in May to assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

His co-defendant 43-year-old Christie Austin of Evart is awaiting sentencing July 9 for her role.

The two were accused in the June 2017 beating of a 22-year-old Harrison man with a hammer and shovel in the cemetery in Clare County’s Hamilton Township. The sheriff’s office has said one of the men said he’d buried cash in an area of the cemetery that wasn’t used for graves.

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