ESCANABA - A 70-year-old Gladstone man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail on one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court.
Wayne Martin Samson, 70, of Gladstone, was arrested on June 4 after threatening a male with a shotgun while the two had a disagreement at the suspect's property. The gun was not discharged and no one was injured during the early morning incident, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Department.
Samson was initially charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), a four-year felony, and possession of a firearm while under the influence, a 93-day misdemeanor. In August, he pleaded to one count of attempted felonious assault. The two previous counts were dismissed.
During Wednesday's hearing, Samson apologized to the court prior to being sentenced.
"I'm sorry. I made a bad mistake that night," he said, adding he was defending himself and just wanted the police to take away the man, an employee he had fired.
Judge Stephen Davis told Samson he could have called the police but instead introduced a gun and alcohol into the situation.
Samson, who had no previous criminal record, was sentenced to 20 days in jail to be served immediately. He was given credit for one day already served in jail. He will not be placed on probation. He was ordered to pay $598 in fines and costs.
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