Guilty plea in construction site assault case

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — A dry-waller charged with seriously assaulting a mason worker at a home construction site in Ford River Township last year recently pleaded guilty to felonious assault in Delta County Circuit Court.

Jacob Nathanial Anderson Jr., 18, of Escanaba, intentionally struck a 38-year-old male with a metal pole while the man was working at a 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 emergency room in Escanaba then transferred to U.P. Health System in Marquette, according to the sheriff’s incident report.

During a hearing in circuit court on Friday, Anderson pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a four-year felony. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss Anderson’s original charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony.

The prosecution also recommended Anderson be 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.

Anderson remains lodged in the county jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Feb. 22.