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Tuscola County man sentenced to prison in nearly decade old cold case

Mugshot of John Digiacomo
Office of Genesee County Sheriff
Mugshot of John Digiacomo

Sentence Issued in Tuscola County Criminal Sexual Conduct Case

A 59 year old Tuscola County man was sentenced Monday to spend essentially the rest of his life in prison, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

Digiacomo has been accused of assaults that took place in multiple locations in Tuscola, Genesee, and Saginaw Counties between 2014 and 2015.

“Today’s sentencing serves as a reminder that we remain committed to securing justice for survivors” Nessel said. “Sexual assaults are serious offenses, and my office will not shy away from holding these predators accountable for their actions."

Court documents say John Digiacomo sexually assaulted a teenager in the summer of 2014. They say when she attempted to stop him, he threatened to kill her and her family.

Digiacomo was sentenced to up to 180 years in prison in Tuscola County. In the meantime, he faces more charges in Genesee county.

The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General Cold Case Sexual Assault Project. The project is funded by a United States Department of Justice grant awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women. The grant is administered by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

In Tuscola County, Digiacomo was sentenced to: 

  • Count 1: Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) 1st degree, 18.75-60 years served consecutive with;  
  • Count 2: CSC 1st Degree - 18.75-60 years served consecutively with Count 1;  
  • Count 3:  CSC 2nd Degree, 10-15 years served consecutively with Counts 1 and 2;  
  • Counts 4 and 5: CSC 3rd Degree, 10-15 years served concurrently;  
  • Count 6: CSC 4th Degree, 16 months-2 years served concurrently; and,  
  • Counts 7-9: 3 counts of felony firearm, 2 years served consecutive to counts 1,2, and 3 (with credit for approximately 505 days).  

Digiacomo will face the following charges in Genesee County:

  • four counts of first-degree CSC, felonies punishable by life in prison;   
  • one count of second-degree CSC, a felony punishable by 15 years in prison;   
  • four counts of third-degree CSC, felonies punishable by 15 years in prison;   
  • one count of fourth-degree CSC, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $500 fine;   
  • one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony punishable by four years and/or a $2,000 fine; and   
  • one count of felony firearm, a felony punishable by two years consecutively with and preceding any term of imprisonment imposed for the felony or attempted felony conviction.  
Ella Pierzecki is a freshman at Central Michigan University. She is majoring in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and minoring in Journalism and Political Science. Ella is from Canton, Michigan where she loves to play with her dog. She is a huge baseball fan and loves cheering on the Detroit Tigers. At WCMU, Ella is excited to meet new people and develop her skills in journalism.