Man gets year in jail for assault

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was arrested following a domestic violence incident in Escanaba was sentenced to 12 months in the Delta County Jail Monday after admitting he acted wrongfully.

Kory Lee Roy Bruinsma, 31, of 1323 Stephenson Ave., Apt. No. 1, Escanaba, was arrested by Escanaba Public Safety following investigation into a Feb. 13, 2018 assault on a female victim.

He was charged with the following counts: attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation, a five-year felony; interfering with electronic communications, a two-year felony with a maximum fine of $1,000; and domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500.

Following his arrest, Bruinsma was lodged in the county jail and later released after posting $300, or 10 percent of a $3,000 bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim. He was also ordered to have no illegal drugs or alcohol, not to enter bars, not to possess firearms and not to exhibit any assaultive behavior.

During a hearing in circuit court in April, Bruinsma pleaded no contest to domestic violence and pleaded no contest to interfering with a phone. In exchange for the pleas, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the attempted assault charge and a second-offense habitual offender notice.

Prior to being sentenced on Monday, Bruinsma told the court he made “a big mistake” by drinking. Though he couldn’t remember what had happened, he said he expects to go to jail for his actions.

He received the one year in jail on the charge of interfering with a phone and was ordered to 93 days in jail on the domestic violence charge with both sentences to be served concurrently. He was given credit for already serving 14 days in jail.

In addition, Bruinsma was ordered to pay a total of $808 in fines and costs.

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