Assault trial ends with lesser charge conviction

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man — on trial this week for assaulting a male in Escanaba Township last spring — was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge in Delta County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Francis “Frank” John Tourangeau, 30, was arrested in April and charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and one count of assault by strangulation, each a 10-year felony, stemming from a March 19, 2017 incident.

Following Michigan State Police’s investigation into the assault, Tourangeau was arrested in April and shortly after posted a $25,000 surety bond and was released from police custody. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim who was injured during the assault and sought his own treatment. He was also ordered to have no contact with a female.

Tourangeau’s trial began Tuesday with jury selection followed by witness testimony. Testimony continued Wednesday. Closing arguments were presented by Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wickman and Defense Attorney John M.A. Bergman Wednesday afternoon.

Following more than four hours of deliberation, the eight-woman, four-man jury announced its verdict Thursday afternoon. Tourangeau was found not guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and was found not guilty of assault by strangulation.

The jury did find him guilty of a lesser charge of aggravated assault for infliction of a serious injury, a one-year misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Feb. 5, 2018.

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