Guilty plea in New Year’s Eve assault

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman accused of striking two people with a vehicle following an argument on New Year’s Eve pleaded guilty to attempted assault and impaired driving in Delta County District Court Monday.

Anntoinette Marie Cerisano, 28, allegedly hit two males with her vehicle on Dec. 31, 2016, in a parking lot in Escanaba. The two victims refused medical treatment for minor injuries, according to Escanaba Public Safety.

Cerisano was originally charged with the following: two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault, each a four-year felony; one count of driving a motor vehicle while impaired, second offense, a one-year misdemeanor; and one count of driving on a suspended license, second or subsequent offense, also a one-year misdemeanor.

During a plea hearing Monday, Cerisano pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon, a two-year high court misdemeanor, and one count of driving while impaired, second offense, a one-year misdemeanor.

In exchange for the two guilty pleas, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the remaining charges. She will be sentenced in circuit court on May 30.

Menominee County District Court Judge Jeffrey Barstow presided over Monday’s hearing due to Delta County Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos having a conflict of interest.

Following her arrest, Cerisano was lodged in jail and later released after posting a $10,000 surety bond. She was ordered to have no contact with the two victims.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,