Niagara man pleads in food-spit incident
By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN – A Niagara, Wis man accused of spitting into food that he served to a uniformed police officer has accepted a plea deal.
Dalton Ursulean, 24, pleaded no contest to one felony count of placing harmful objects in food during a re-arraignment in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Pursuant to the agreement reached by the prosecution and the defense, Ursulean’s habitual offender-fourth status was reduced to habitual offender-third.
Ursulean has previous felony convictions for resisting and obstructing a police officer and delivery of Vicodin.
Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carl Downing said that after consulting with the Iron Mountain Police Department and the victim, who is an officer with the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, he found that they were not opposed to a county jail sentence for Ursulean.
Downing said that the jail recommendation would likely be for about one year, with one year of probation.
Still, Ursulean faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 5.
The charge against Ursulean stems from an Aug. 25, 2012 incident in Iron Mountain.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Ursulean was working at McDonald’s when he was observed spitting into a snack wrap that a VA police officer had ordered.
Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.