Work site assault case in court

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old Escanaba man who admitted to seriously injuring a man while both were working at a construction site in Ford River Township last year, was sentenced on a felonious assault charge in Delta County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Jacob Nathanial Anderson Jr., 18, of Escanaba, a dry-waller, intentionally struck a 38-year-old mason worker with a metal pole at a home construction site on I Road on Nov. 3, 2017, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim — who did not know what happened — suffered a fractured jaw and was transported by Rampart Emergency Medical Services to OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, then transferred to U.P. Health System in Marquette, according to the sheriff’s incident report.

Anderson was originally charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. That charge was dismissed when Anderson pleaded guilty in January to one count of felonious assault, a four-year felony.

During Thursday’s hearing in circuit court, Anderson was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. As a youthful trainee, a defendant who pleads guilty to a crime committed between his or her 17th and 23rd birthdays may be placed on probation or sentenced to jail or prison; upon successful completion of all sentencing terms, the court will dismiss the charge.

Following Thursday’s hearing, Anderson was returned to the Delta County Jail where he remains lodged.