Man gets prison for attacking inmate

ESCANABA — An inmate at the Delta County Jail was sentenced this week to a minimum of eight years in prison on a strangulation charge for wrapping a towel around his cellmate’s neck and dragging him, according to police and court records.

Andrew Jeffery Phillips Addis, 31, of 1018 2nd Ave. S., Apt. 1, Escanaba, was lodged in the Delta County Jail on an unrelated charge when he and his cellmate got into an argument on July 27 and Addis dragged him by a towel around his neck and kicked on the cell door. Deputies removed the victim, who did not require medical attention.

Addis pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation. He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday.

He was given credit for serving 103 days in jail and was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs.

Addis was also sentenced Monday to 12 months in jail on one count of third-offense habitual offender with the underlying offense of sex offender failing to comply with the registration act.

He was ordered to pay $258 in fines and costs and was given credit for serving 125 days in jail.

The charge stems from a July 5 incident when Escanaba Public Safety arrested Addis for failing to register as a sex offender, a four-year felony.

He was also arrested for assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony, and domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor. These two charges were dismissed at the request of the prosecution.

Addis’ jail sentence and prison sentence are to be served concurrently.

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