Man gets prison term for assault, intimidation

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who assaulted a woman and then later intimidated the victim, was recently sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Blair Lawrence Pryal, 35, of 610 N. 18th St., Escanaba, was arrested last year for assault by strangulation, a 10-year felony, in connection with an Aug. 31, 2016 incident in Escanaba.

He was later charged with intimidating the witness to attempt to influence her court testimony, a four-year felony, stemming from a Sept. 4, 2016, incident in Escanaba.

These two charges were later dismissed in exchange for Pryal pleading guilty to domestic violence, third offense, and pleading guilty to attempted witness intimidation.

Pryal was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court last week to a minimum of one year and sixth months to a maximum of five years in prison on the domestic violence charge. He was given credit for serving 272 days in the county jail. He was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Pryal was also sentenced to six months in jail on the attempted intimidation charge, to be served consecutively to the prison sentence.