Iron River man jailed for firearm, domestic violence
By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man who discharged a firearm inside a residence and assaulted a woman has been sentenced to serve two months in jail and two years of probation.
Bruce Blough, 55, was sentenced for a Jan. 15 incident in Iron River Township.
According to victim testimony and the criminal complaint in the case, Blough grabbed a female victim by the neck and pinned her down on a bed.
Shortly after that happened, Blough fired two shots from a handgun inside the residence. No one was injured from the gunshots.
Blough was ultimately sentenced on a high court misdemeanor count of attempted discharge a firearm in a building and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence, but he originally faced more serious charges.
They included one felony count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one felony count of felonious assault, and one felony count of interfering with electronic communications.
The felonious assault and interfering with electronic communications charges were dismissed following a preliminary examination in the case. The assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder charge was dropped in plea deal.
During sentencing in Iron County Trial Court on Tuesday, Blough’s attorney Roy Polich pointed out that his client has no criminal history and no history of violence either before or after the incident.
“I and my client recognize the seriousness of this case,” he said. “But this incident was directly related to medication he was on – he doesn’t understand how he got to where he was.”
Polich added that Blough has already sought counseling.
Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell agreed to remain silent at sentencing as part of her plea deal with Blough. However, she did invite the victim to make a statement.
The victim told the court that she was not threatened as a result of the incident and that she did not want Blough to go to jail.
Blough apologized to the court and guaranteed that the incident would not happen again.
Judge C. Joseph Schwedler was mostly concerned with the firearm charge.
“The problem here is we have a gun being improperly used,” he said. “When you start discharging guns in the house, that changes the game.”
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