Plea agreement reached in accidental IM shooting


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain woman facing felony weapon charges following an accidental shooting on the west side last November has entered a guilty plea to domestic violence.

Danielle Elaine Kuenzer, 34, entered the plea before Dickinson County District Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya on Monday.

She pleaded guilty to an amended charge of domestic violence with the condition that charges of careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death and reckless use of a firearm from a Nov. 22, 2012, incident be dismissed.

The Nov. 22 incident occurred at 515 Cook St. when the defendant was holding a loaded .45 caliber pistol in a manner that threatened harm to herself.

When a family member attempted to open the door, the gun went off, grazing her jaw and striking the defendant’s husband in his hand and leg. He was hospitalized for his injuries.

The domestic violence charge being used for the plea is from a May 16, 2011, argument with her then husband in which Kuenzer struck him in the face.

Conditions of the plea are that Kuenzer not posses a gun, have a mental health referral and maintain her prescriptions.

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

Iron County Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell, who is prosecuting the case, said it was her decision to amend the charges.

“The defendant’s mental health issues factored into the prosecution’s decision,” she said.

Kuenzer is being represented by attorney Mike Scholke of Iron Mountain.

Judge Ninomiya set sentencing for Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

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