IR man sent to prison


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man has been sentenced to serve a minimum of one and a half years in prison for charges stemming from a July 8 standoff incident in Iron River Township.

Bobby Joe Nordstrom, 37, was sentenced Monday in Iron County Trial Court on one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm and one felony count of felonious assault.

The maximum sentence is seven and a half years in prison.

Additional charges of felonious assault and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol were dismissed in a plea deal.

Nordstrom had previously testified that on July 8, he possessed a firearm and pointed it at a male relative. As a convicted felon, Nordstrom cannot legally possess firearms.

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

During sentencing, Nordstrom’s attorney Geoffrey Lawrence urged Judge C. Joseph Schwedler to follow the Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) sentencing recommendation of one year in jail.

Lawrence acknowledged that Nordstrom does have a significant criminal record, but he also pointed out that Nordstrom has been crime-free for the past six years.

“Family stresses and alcohol were present the day this happened,” said Lawrence. “This is not a random act of violence – it’s a family matter that spiraled out of control.”

The victim in the case also spoke out on behalf of Nordstrom.

“Bobby never assaulted me in any shape or form,” said the victim. “He’s a good man, a hard-worker. I don’t want to see him go to prison.”

Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell said that she struggled with the case, since she has seen Nordstrom do well in life when he is sober.

However, she added that there is always a question of whether or not he will relapse.

“Bobby Joe Nordstrom drinking is a dangerous person,” said Powell. “Bobby Joe Nordstrom drinking with a gun is worse.”

She also asked Judge Schwedler to follow the MDOC recommendation of one year in jail.

When given a chance to speak, Nordstrom apologized.

“I made a pretty bad decision that day,” he said.

Judge Schwedler agreed with Powell that Nordstrom can be a productive member of society when he is not drinking. But, he also thought that ordering a jail sentence would be too lenient, considering Nordstrom’s criminal record.

“The problem I’m facing here today is that the court system has exhausted all resources available to you,” said Judge Schwedler. “You’ve boxed me into a corner.”

Judge Schwedler ordered that Nordstrom spend a minimum of one and a half years in prison. The maximum sentence is seven and a half years in prison.

In other Iron County Trial Court action:

– Theresa Kay Lato, 49, of Crystal Falls was sentenced to serve three months in jail and two years of probation for one felony count of larceny.

The charge stems from a June 2 incident in which Lato stole silver and gold bars from a family member.

– Anthony G. McGeshick, 48, of Caspian was sentenced to serve one month in jail and two years of probation for one felony count of attempted false report of a bomb.

The charge stems from a March 2011 incident in which McGeshick made a bomb threat in Caspian.

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