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    Dearborn Heights councilman sentenced for trespassing

    The case against Dearborn Heights City Councilman Ray Muscat concluded this week after he was sentenced for his role in a home invasion that occurred in December.

    Muscat, 64, who previously was ordered to attend anger management classes prior to sentencing, was given sixty days of non-reporting probation and ordered to pay fines and court costs.

    Earlier this year, he took a plea deal to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

    The case was moved to Dearborn to avoid any conflicts in Dearborn Heights.

    Muscat’s neighbor, Nicholas Diedo, also is charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

    Diedo, 34, hasn’t been arraigned yet for his role in this, as he is in federal custody for unrelated arson charges.

    Diedo is currently facing federal charges in multiple arson cases in Inkster. He was arraigned March 5 for a Feb. 3 arson at the 315 North Strip Mall, and for a similar fire at the same location on April 20, 2018.

    He also is accused of setting several vehicles on fire in his neighborhood, all within a mile of his residence.

    Muscat assisted Inkster police and federal investigators with evidence from his home security cameras that showed Diedo arrive at his residence in the same clothes as were on security video from the strip mall fire.

    Federal investigators didn’t respond to attempts to contact them for this story.

    During a June 14 hearing where he took the plea deal, Muscat admitted to putting his foot in the door to stop it from closing without permission from Diedo.

    Muscat has said previously that he wasn’t trying to break into Diedo’s house, only to confront the man over dumping garbage on Muscat’s property. That was the catalyst to the entire incident, he said.

    Muscat said in December that he and Diedo had not gotten along for some time, but this time the argument turned physical.

    Muscat said he was punched in the face several times, and his wife, Lisa, was verbally assaulted during the December altercation.

    Muscat, who is up for re-election, finished second in the Aug. 6 primary elections. The top six candidates moved on to run for three seats in November.

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