Prison for 2nd man in assault of Allegan Co. woman

Robert Bluhm and Duane Thompson were charged in brutal attack

A mug shot of Duane Thompson.

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The second of two men accused of attacking a woman in Allegan County last year has been sentenced.

Duane Thompson was sentenced Monday to between 17 months and 10 years in prison. He was given credit for 232 days served.

Thompson, who was previously charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, pleaded to attempted assault.

The other man involved in the incident, Robert Bluhm, was sentenced in March to between 7.75 and 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

A mug shot of Robert Bluhm.
A mug shot of Robert Bluhm.

The 21-year-old woman, who 24 Hour News 8 is not identifying by name, said in October 2015 that she met Thompson on a dating website and agreed to meet with him after messaging back and forth for a few weeks. When she got to Thompson’s home, she said she met his roommate, Bluhm.

Later in the evening, after all three had been drinking, she realized the men had taken both her phone and keys. She said that after she threatened to get the police involved, they began to punch her in the face before forcing her into the back of her car. They drove her to another man’s home, where she says they beat her with a two-by-four.

The woman said she blacked out and woke up back at Thompson and Bluhm’s home. According to court documents, it was there that she was dragged to a bedroom and raped. Nearly 10 hours after the ordeal began, she escaped and called police.

She was hospitalized and released a day later.

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