Man to spend one year in jail for officer assault

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man was sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting a police officer last year. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday.

Michael Anthony Barrett, 24, was arrested on Nov. 18, 2012, after allegedly assaulting three officers who were dispatched to investigate a domestic violence incident reported in Escanaba.

During Monday’s hearing, Barrett was sentenced to one year in the county jail on one count of assaulting a police officer. He was also sentenced to 93 days in jail on one count of domestic violence. The sentences are to be served concurrently. He was given credit for 85 days served.

Judge Stephen Davis also ordered the defendant to pay a total of $648 in fines and costs.

Prior to sentencing, Barrett admitted to the court that he has problems with alcohol and drugs.

“I know my actions that night were not the right thing to do,” he said.

Davis commented that the officers don’t deserve this kind of abuse.

“Citizens cannot do what you did to the officers that night,” Davis said. “You were absolutely raging out of control.”

In addition to the domestic violence charge, Barrett was originally arrested on three counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer involving an Escanaba Public Safety officer and two deputies from the Delta County Sheriff Department.

Two counts were dismissed in exchange for Barrett’s pleas to one count of assaulting an officer and one count of domestic violence of a female.