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Plea deal in assault case

Standoff incident in July in Iron River Township

November 27, 2012
The Daily News


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS - A plea agreement has been reached in the case of an Iron River man who was involved in a standoff incident on July 8 in Iron River Township.

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Bobby Nordstrom, left, appears in Iron County Trial Court with his attorney Geoffrey Lawrence to accept a plea deal in a felonious assault case.

Bobby Joe Nordstrom, 37, agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm and one felony count of felonious assault.

In exchange for the pleas, Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell dismissed an additional felony count of felonious assault and one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. She also reduced Nordstrom's habitual offender-fourth status to habitual offender-second status.

Nordstrom's attorney Geoffrey Lawrence noted that, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections' sentencing guidelines, Nordstrom's minimum sentence will be between 12 and 30 months. The maximum sentence is 13 and a half years.

Judge C. Joseph Schwedler set sentencing for Jan. 7.

Nordstrom testified that on July 8 he possessed a firearm and pointed it at a male relative.

Following a brief standoff with authorities, Nordstrom turned himself in. No one was injured.

As a convicted felon, Nordstrom cannot legally possess firearms. His previous convictions, according to the criminal complaint, are for felonious assault, unarmed robbery, and resisting or obstructing a police officer.

In other Iron County Court action:

- Shad Kenneth Bryan, 17, of Baraga waived his preliminary examination and entered not guilty pleas to felony counts of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer-third degree-vehicle code.

He is scheduled for a pre-trial on Dec. 17.

Bryan and his codefendant, 18-year-old Devin Charles Curtis of L'Anse, are accused of stealing a 2011 Subaru Outback from an Iron River grocery store on Oct. 28 and leading police on a 65-mile chase through four counties. The teens were apprehended the following morning in Ontonagon County.

Curtis has not appeared for his last two court hearings. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.

- Theresa Kay Lato, 49, of Crystal Falls pleaded guilty to one felony count of larceny. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7.

Lato was originally charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Powell said that the charges stem from a June 2 incident in which Lato stole silver and gold bars from a family member.

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