Man gets prison for attacking police

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man, who assaulted two police officers last January, was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison on one of two convictions – assault with intent to murder.

On July 26, a jury found Joshua Jacob Curtis, 33, guilty but mentally ill of one count of assault with intent to murder involving Escanaba Public Safety Lt. Rob LaMarche.

While officers were investigating a domestic dispute call at Curtis’ home on Jan. 10, he had locked himself in his medical marijuana “grow room.” When police entered the room, Curtis intended to harm LaMarche with a knife he later claimed to be using to cut string for his pot plants.

Officers apprehended Curtis after shocking him with a stun gun.

He was lodged in Delta County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.

Testimony during the four-day trial revealed Curtis had threatened to kill LaMarche twice the day before during an investigation of an incident at Bay College. In that incident, Curtis threatened to kill a student because he wouldn’t play pool with him.

The jury found Curtis guilty of assaulting/resisting/obstructing Escanaba Public Safety Sgt. Jamie Silverstone during the Jan. 9 incident at the college.

During Thursday’s sentencing, Judge Stephen Davis ordered Curtis to spend 10-25 years in prison on the charge of assault with intent to murder. He was given credit for 239 days served in the county jail.

Davis sentenced Curtis to 240 days in jail on the charge of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. He was given credit for 240 days served in jail.

Curtis was also ordered to pay $266 in fines and costs and undergo psychiatric care while in prison.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,