Assault case from 2016 comes to end

ESCANABA — A Wilson man originally charged in 2016 with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder was sentenced to a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge Tuesday in Delta County Circuit Court.

Following completion of a 14-month prison sentencing on five parole violations related to using and possessing cocaine and marijuana in 2016, Marco Antonio Arteaga III, 25, appeared in the local court in connection with a brawl in Escanaba dating back to the fall of 2016.

According to Escanaba Public Safety, an argument had escalated into a physical assault and a man was seriously injured on South 11th Street in Escanaba around 1:25 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2016. Alcohol was a factor in the fight, noted police.

Arteaga III and his father, Marco Antonio Arteaga II, 44, also of Wilson, were each charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. The elder Arteaga was also charged with one count of lying to a peace officer investigating a four-or-more-year crime, a two-year high-court misdemeanor.

Following their arrests a few days after the incident, the defendants each posted a $5,000 cash bond and were released from police custody. They were ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The father, Arteaga II, later entered into a plea agreement in circuit court on Jan. 27, 2017, and was granted a delay of sentencing on March 6, 2017; upon successful completion of his sentencing, any charges would be removed from his record.

Because the son, Arteaga III, was on supervised release from prison when arrested in Escanaba in 2016, his local circuit court case was sent back to district court while he underwent federal prosecution on the parole violations and served time in prison.

Arteaga III was originally sentenced to prison on March 5, 2013, after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm.

Arteaga III’s 2016 assault case in Delta County was reopened last fall. He was bound over from district court to circuit court where he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon (hands and feet), a two-year high-court misdemeanor.

A $500 personal recognizance bond was posted and he was again ordered to have no contact with the victim.

During Arteaga III’s sentencing in circuit court on Tuesday, Judge John Economopoulos reminded him, “You were on federal parole when you committed this offense… What occurred was a brawl.”

The judge also advised the defendant to “rule” himself and avoid anger and alcohol issues in the future.

Arteaga III was sentenced to one year in jail and was given credit for already serving a year in jail. He was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs.

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