ESCANABA - An Escanaba man who attempted to assault a man with a baseball bat this fall was sentenced Friday to the 62 days he has already served in jail. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court.
Shawn David LeClaire, 35, pleaded guilty in October to attempted assault with a dangerous weapon after he admitted to swinging a baseball bat at a man on Sept. 29 in Escanaba.
Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to two people fighting at 10:18 a.m. on the 100 block of North 11th Street. During an argument, LeClaire swung a bat at the 33-year-old man who fended off the blow with a bicycle, said police. The victim was not injured.
LeClaire was arrested on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault, a four-year felony. That charge and a habitual offense notice were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea to attempted felonious assault.
In addition to the jail term, LeClaire was also ordered to pay $868 in fines and costs. He will be placed on probation for 12 months with a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Prior to being sentenced, LeClaire told the court he has learned his lesson, that his action was childish, and he was glad nobody got hurt. He was later released from jail.