Jail term given in assault case

ESCANABA — A 21-year-old Escanaba man was recently sentenced to a year in jail for attempting to assault a female in Escanaba this past summer, according to Delta County Circuit Court records.

Following investigation into a July 13 incident, Escanaba Public Safety arrested Joseph Edward Parkkila, who was charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation, a 10-year felony, and also charged with one count of aggravated domestic violence, a one-year misdemeanor.

Following his arrest, he was lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $125,000 bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

During a hearing in circuit court in September, Parkkila pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, a five-year felony.

In exchange for Parkkila’s guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the original two charges.

Parkkila was sentenced Monday to 12 months in jail and was given credit for 121 days already served. He was placed on probation for 24 months and was ordered to pay a total of $1,358 in fines and costs.

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