Iron Mountain man sentenced to prison for drugs, stabbing


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man will spend a minimum of one year and three months to a maximum of 10 years in prison for two separate incidents in which he stabbed a man and sold drugs to a confidential informant.

Erich Lindlbauer, 32, was sentenced Monday by Judge Richard Celello in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

His charges included 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.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Iron Mountain on March 24 and April 2.

According to the criminal complaints in the cases, in March, Lindlbauer sold buprenorphine to a confidential informant. Then, in April, Lindlbauer stabbed Joseph Spade on the left side of his lower back.

The complaint states that Lindlbauer admitted to stabbing Spade after Spade had 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 that was one and a half to two inches wide and of unknown depth.

During sentencing, Lindlbauer’s attorney Kalen Lipe explained that her client’s actions in the assault incident were not premeditated.

“The word ‘stabbing’ unfortunately carries with it some heavy weight,” she said. “This was based on lack of control and emotions, not a pre-planned, vicious attack.”

Lipe added that Lindlbauer has been honest with the court about his long-term drug addiction.

Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards acknowledged that Lindlbauer indeed has a drug problem. She claimed that he even admitted to taking the designer drug bath salts for three days before the stabbing.

“He has very much been a contributor to the drug culture in this community,” said Richards.

When given a chance to address the court, Lindlbauer apologized to his victim, the community, and especially to his family. He pointed out that he is a husband, a father, and a son.

“It makes me so sad I’ve caused them stress and disappointment,” he said.

Judge Celello offered his sympathy to Lindlbauer’s family, but told Lindlbauer that the court has run out of options on how to deal with him.

Lindlbauer must spend 15 months to 10 years in prison for the delivery of a controlled substance charge and 12 months in jail for the possession of controlled substance and aggravated assault charges.

The sentences will run concurrently.

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