Man gets prison for knife attack

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who assaulted another man with a knife during a fight last summer was sentenced to two to four years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday.

Joshua John Myers, 34, was arrested on Aug. 21 after he injured a 26-year-old Escanaba resident who sustained a three- to four-inch superficial knife wound on his throat, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.

Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at a residence on the 800 block of 2nd Avenue South while police apprehended Myers, who had fled to a nearby residence. Following his arrest, he was lodged in jail in lieu of an $80,000 bond.

Myers was bound over to circuit court in September on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. He was scheduled to be tried by a jury in circuit court this spring but opted to enter a plea last November.

Myers, who claims he did not initiate the fight, admitted he assaulted the victim and pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault, a four-year felony. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the 10-year felony, as well as a fourth offense habitual offender notice.

During Myers sentencing on Monday, Judge John Economopoulos said the life-threatening crime committed and the defendant’s history of multiple convictions and probation violations all contributed to him being sentenced to prison.

In addition to the prison term, Myers was ordered to pay $198 in fines and costs. He was given credit for serving 168 days in the county jail.

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