Man pleads guilty in knife attack case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who assaulted a man with a knife this past summer pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday, canceling a three-day trial set for next spring.

Joshua John Myers, 34, was arrested on Aug. 21 after he injured a 26-year-old Escanaba resident who sustained a three- to four-inch superficial knife wound on his throat, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.

Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at a residence on the 800 block of 2nd Avenue South while police apprehended Myers, who had fled to a nearby residence. Following his arrest, he was lodged in jail in lieu of an $80,000 bond.

Myers was bound over to circuit court in September on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. He was scheduled to be tried by a jury in circuit court on March 27-29 but opted to enter a plea on Monday.

Myers admitted to assaulting the victim and pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault, a four-year felony. In exchange for the guilty plea, Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Pelto agreed to dismiss the 10-year felony, as well as a fourth offense habitual offender notice.

Myers remains lodged in the county jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Feb. 5.