Teen gets nine months in jail

ESCANABA – A 17-year-old Wells Township teen was ordered to spend nine months in jail for seriously assaulting a relative last spring. The judgment was handed down Monday in Delta County Circuit Court where he was sentenced as an adult.

Kyle Walter McDaniel, 17, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault. He pleaded guilty to the felony in September.

Prior to being sentenced Monday, McDaniel told the court, “I know what I did was wrong.” He added he just wants to serve his time and go back home.

On March 18, McDaniel attacked and injured a male relative with a mop handle at their residence. The victim was hospitalized for his injuries including four broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

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

When Michigan State Police responded to the incident and gained entry into the barricaded home, troopers put out a small fire allegedly set by McDaniel who resisted arrest.

The arson and resisting charges were dismissed in exchange for McDaniel pleading guilty to felonious assault.

The defendant was scheduled to go to trial later this month but opted for a plea instead.

Judge Stephen Davis described the injuries suffered by the victim as “very serious” and “life-threatening.” McDaniel suffers from mental illness, the judge said, adding the tools the court has to sentence the defendant may not be sufficient.

In addition to the nine months in jail, Davis placed McDaniel on probation for two years and ordered him to pay $988 in fines and costs. Restitution will be determined. McDaniel was given credit for 146 days already served in jail.