ESCANABA - A 23-year-old Escanaba man was sentenced to up to five years in prison for his role in the assault and attempted robbery of a Bark River man last December. The sentence was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Scott Allen Wahl pleaded guilty to attempted larceny from a person and assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault, in February.
The charges stem from a Dec 17, 2012, incident near P Road in Bayview Location, below the railroad bridge between Gladstone and Escanaba. According to Wahl's witness testimony in district court on Feb. 12, he and co-defendant Jeffery William Dickerson, 31, of Escanaba, assaulted a 41-year-old Bark River man who allegedly had illegal drugs.
Wahl, who has known Dickerson for about two years, testified he did not know the victim when the three went to the train bridge with the intention to "buy drugs, get drugs, or get rid of drugs."
According to Wahl, Dickerson hit the victim, then Wahl hit the victim twice with a broken glass bottle and held the victim down while Dickerson hit him again.
Wahl said he believed they were going to rob the victim. However, the two men panicked after seeing railroad workers in the area and fled the scene without taking anything from the victim.
Railroad workers notified police of a person bleeding from the head near the train bridge. The victim was located by a sheriff's deputy and transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated for head injuries.
During sentencing Wahl apologized to his family and vowed to become a better person.
"I want you guys to know that I will come out to be a better person from this. I will take every class and whatever I can to come out better from this," he said.
Wahl was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of four years for the assault. He was credited for 105 days already served in jail.
In addition, Wahl was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months to five years in prison for attempted larceny from a person. He was credited with 105 days served. Both sentences will be served concurrently.
Wahl will not be eligible to be placed in a special alternative incarceration facility. He has been ordered not to contact Dickerson.
Wahl also will be responsible for paying fees totaling $266 and restitution in an amount yet to be determined. His attorney fees have been waived.
Dickerson has a pretrial conference in district court next week to decide on a date for plea or trial.