Iron Mountain man jailed for pot, assault
By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man has been sentenced to jail time for two separate incidents in which he assaulted a female victim and sold his medical marijuana to a confidential informant.
Kenneth Blomquist, 47, will spend five months in jail with credit for 56 days already served. He also must serve one year of probation.
Blomquist was sentenced on one felony count of delivery of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault.
Originally, Blomquist had faced a more serious charge of felony assault by strangulation. Pursuant to a plea deal, it was reduced to misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Also as part of the plea deal, additional charges of delivery of marijuana and maintaining a drug house were dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Blomquist grabbed a woman by the throat and strangled her until she had trouble breathing. The incident occurred on April 11 in Iron Mountain.
The criminal complaint also states that between Jan. 17 and 23, Blomquist sold a confidential informant two bags of marijuana out of his home.
During sentencing in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Blomquist’s attorney Scott Brogan said that his client is a disabled veteran and has a long history of substance abuse. After using alcohol for years, Blomquist turned to marijuana, for which he has a medical marijuana card, Brogan added.
Judge Mary Barglind noted that the assault incident also appeared to be tied to substance abuse.
She ordered that Blomquist attend a treatment program, but she would not allow time served in treatment to count toward time spent in jail. Blomquist will have to complete treatment while on probation.
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