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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Chicago Man Found Guilty of Strangling Former Girlfriend

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Judge Brian Telander has found a Chicago man guilty of strangling his former girlfriend to unconsciousness. The case against Michael Spivey, 48 (d.o.b. 7/21/1970) of 9317 Rhodes Avenue, went to bench trial yesterday and concluded today with Judge Telander finding Spivey guilty of two counts of Aggravated Domestic Battery. Because of Spivey’s history, he is eligible for Class X sentencing which carries a penalty of up to thirty years to be served at 85% in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Spivey was on parole at the time of this offense after completing a forty-five year sentence for First Degree Murder out of Cook County in 1993. 

 On March 24, 2018, after repeatedly calling the victim, his former girlfriend, Spivey went to the victim’s house in Naperville and rang the doorbell several times. When the doorbell went unanswered, Spivey went back to his car, retrieved a tire iron and approached the victim’s vehicle in the driveway. At this point, the victim opened her door. Spivey then forced his way in and stated he wanted to retrieve personal items from her home. The victim told him to leave. Spivey then walked throughout the house, retrieved his personal items and walked toward the front door. He then put the items down, turned to the victim who was right behind him, put his hands around her neck and strangled her until she lost consciousness. When another occupant of the home heard the commotion, Spivey fled the scene. Naperville Police were called and opened an investigation into the matter which led to Spivey. He has remained in custody since his bond hearing on April 12, 2018 on a $100,000 bond with 10% to apply.  

“Domestic violence claims hundreds of thousands of victims throughout the country each and every year,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the other occupant of the home responded to the commotion causing Mr. Spivey to leave. This alone may have saved her life. What I find particularly egregious about this case is that the defendant was on parole for murder when he attacked his former girlfriend. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their outstanding work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Dan Fawell for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Michael Spivey which led to today’s guilty verdict.”  

Spivey's next court appearance is scheduled for May 20, 2019 for return of the Pre-sentence Report.