Resident gets jail time for assault

ESCANABA – A Perkins man was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in jail on one count of attempted felonious assault, also known as attempted assault with a dangerous weapon.

Delta County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis ordered Greg Steven Heynssens, 54, to the 11-month sentence. It is concurrent with a nine-month sentence for one count of conspiracy to commit delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance.

Heynssens was arrested on two counts of felonious assault after he allegedly threatened his former girlfriend and her 15-year-old daughter with a gun on Nov. 6, 2012. No one was injured in the incident investigated by Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post.

Heynssens was charged on the drug count in connection with an incident that occurred while he’s been in jail. Last December, he allowed someone to go into his home and take drugs to sell, according to court testimony.

Davis said guns and drugs are not a legal, healthy combination and told Heynssens the law views him as a “drug trafficker.”

In addition to the two concurrent jail sentences, the defendant was ordered to three years probation during which time he is to have no contact with the victims, cannot use or own a firearm, and must be in his home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Heynssens was also ordered to pay a total of $696 in fines and costs. He was given credit for 210 days served in jail on the assault charge and 177 days served on the drug charge. His drivers license will be suspended for six months.

Heynssens was originally charged on two counts of felonious assault, each a four-year felony.

When troopers arrested him near his home on Nov. 7, he was armed with a rifle but cooperated with police. He was lodged in jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

Heynssens was scheduled for a two-day jury trial in April but opted to plea to one count of attempted felonious assault.

Following the drug charge, Heynnsens’ bond was set at $50,000.