Gladstone man sent to jail for aggravated assault

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man was ordered to spend eight months in jail on one count of aggravated assault causing a serious injury during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday.

Following a Michigan State Police investigation into a March 19, 2017, assault in Escanaba Township, Francis “Frank” John Tourangeau, 30, was arrested the following month. He was 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.

Tourangeau later posted a $25,000 surety bond and was released from police custody. He was ordered to have no contact with a victim who was injured during the assault and sought his own treatment. Tourangeau was also ordered to have no contact with a female.

During a jury trial in late November, Tourangeau was found not guilty of the above two felonies but was convicted of one count of aggravated assault for infliction of a serious injury, a one-year misdemeanor.

During Monday’s hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wickman said the victim was “significantly injured” and suffers from an eye injury.

Tourangeau’s attorney, John M.A. Bergman, told the court his client said he was defending himself

during a fight. Bergman also described the recommended eight-month sentencing as “overkill” for the conviction.

Judge John Economopoulos described the victim’s injury as “severe.”

“You do have an assaultive history,” the judge told Tourangeau, also noting this incident was his fifth assault.

In addition to the eight-month jail term, Tourangeau was ordered to pay a total of $2,048 in court fines and costs and $3,463 restitution for the victim’s medical expenses. He was given credit for serving nine days in jail and was granted work release.

Tourangeau was placed on probation for two years and ordered to have no alcohol or illegal drugs and cannot enter bars. He must submit to random drug testing.

He was also ordered to exhibit no assaultive behavior and must enroll in programs for domestic violence and battery behavior. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims. He must not possess weapons and must allow his property to be searched.