Teen pleads guilty to assault; trial cancelled

ESCANABA – A Wells Township teen – arrested last spring on charges of assault, attempted arson, and resisting police – opted to make a plea on one of the counts on Monday, canceling a trial scheduled for November.

Kyle Walter McDaniel, 17, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in Delta County Circuit Court. He will be sentenced on Nov. 4. The four-year felony is also known as felonious assault.

McDaniel was arrested March 18 after he attacked and injured a male relative with a mop handle at their residence. When troopers gained entry into the barricaded home, they put out a small fire allegedly set by McDaniel who allegedly resisted arrest.

McDaniel was originally charged with three felonies – attempted arson of a dwelling, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, and felonious assault.

During his plea hearing Monday, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the arson and resisting charges in exchange for McDaniel’s guilty plea to felonious assault.

Because McDaniel was 16 at the time of the incident, the case was originally assigned to juvenile probate court. The case was later bound over to the adult criminal court because circuit court allows a defendant opportunity to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. A forensic examination found McDaniel competent to stand trial, which was set for Nov. 18-19.

Following McDaniel’s bind over in April, he was transferred from the local juvenile detention center to the county jail with bond set at $10,000 cash.