Lesser felony charge in cocaine case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man pleaded down a 20-year cocaine charge to a four-year felony during a hearing in Delta County Circuit Court last week.

Jameson Aaron Hanford, 39, was arrested in late December on one count of delivery/manufacture of up to 50 grams of cocaine, a 20-year felony, stemming from a March 2, 2017, incident in Escanaba investigated by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

Following his arrest, he was lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $30,000 bond, or $3,000.

During a hearing in circuit court last week, Hanford pleaded guilty to one count of possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine, a four-year felony. His bond was also reduced to 10 percent of $5,000, or $500.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the 20-year felony as well as additional charges that are pending.

Hanford is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on April 19.