Stabbing suspect agrees to plea deal


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man accused of stabbing a Norway man and possessing drugs has accepted a plea deal.

Erich Lindlbauer, 32, pleaded Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault. He is also listed as a habitual offender-second.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Pursuant to the plea deal, one felony count of felonious assault and one felony count of possession of controlled substances on school or library property were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Lindlbauer stabbed 30-year-old Joseph Spade of Norway on April 2 in Iron Mountain.

The complaint states that Lindlbauer admitted to stabbing Spade after Spade had allegedly struck him on his head and face. However, Spade and an eyewitness both reported that the stabbing was unprovoked.

Spade was treated for a stab wound on the left side of his lower back that was one and a half to two inches wide and of unknown depth.

At the time of Lindlbauer’s interview, authorities found him to be in possession of two pills that were unscientifically identified as clonazepam.

In an earlier incident, on March 24, Lindlbauer sold a confidential informant three Subutex pills within 1,000 feet of school property.

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