Assault incident ends in jail term

ESCANABA – A Ford River Township man was sentenced Monday to eight months in jail for resisting and obstructing a conservation officer in connection with an investigation into a stabbing incident reported at his home this spring.

Thomas Roger Hanley, 73, was arrested for felonious assault on March 15 after Michigan State Police were called to the scene of a stabbing incident inside his residence at 4477 M-35.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said troopers.

According to a state police news release, Hanley was arraigned in Delta County District Court on March 17 and charged with felonious assault as a result of stabbing his 44-year-old son. When the victim refused to press charges, the felony count was dismissed.

Hanley was later bound over from district court to circuit court on one count of felonious assault against a police officer and one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer in connection with the March 15 investigation.

During a hearing on May 8, Hanley pleaded no contest to resisting and obstructing a conservation officer. In exchange for this plea, the one count of felonious assault against a police officer was dismissed and the one count of resisting a police officer was reduced.

Hanley’s attorney, Frank Stupak, said Monday that his client was uncooperative with police while being handcuffed after being Tasered four times by officers on March 15.

According to the incident report, when police entered the Hanley home that night, officers found a male subject lying on the living room floor then observed Hanley with a large knife coming down the stairs toward an officer. After refusing to follow police orders, Hanley was Tasered and handcuffed.

In addition to the eight-month sentence, Judge Stephen Davis also ordered Hanley pay $198 in fines and costs. Hanley was given credit for 121 days already served in the county jail.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net