Man pleads guilty in Escanaba stabbing case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was accused of stabbing and severely injuring another man in Escanaba earlier this year pleaded guilty to felonious assault in a plea bargain in Delta County Circuit Court recently.

Jonathan Michael Burke pleaded guilty as charged to one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. He requested a sentence under Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA); however, the prosecution is not recommending a sentence under HYTA. Burke was informed that he cannot withdraw his plea if HYTA sentencing is not followed.

Burke was arrested on May 18, 2018 after an investigation by Escanaba Public Safety into a stabbing incident reported to Delta County Central Dispatch shortly after 8 a.m. on the 300 block of South 9th Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed Burke with a knife outside his residence and apprehended him without incident. Officers also provided first aid to the victim, who suffered stab wounds to his chest and stomach.

A sentencing date for Burke has been set for Oct. 22 at 2:45 p.m. Burke’s bond, set at $10,000 at 10 percent/surety, has been posted.