Pre-trial hearing scheduled in East Kingsford shooting

IRON MOUNTAIN – Not guilty pleas were entered in Dickinson County Circuit Court Monday for an East Kingsford man accused of injuring a woman while shooting at a bag of cans she was holding.

Jack Robert Strong, 64, and his defense attorney Henry McRoberts had filed a waiver of arraignment, so they were not required to appear in court in person.

Judge Mary B. Barglind entered not guilty pleas on Strong’s behalf.

A pre-trial in the matter is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Strong faces one felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one high court misdemeanor count of careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm while under the influence.

If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to six years in prison.

The charges stem from a June 9 incident in Breitung Township.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Strong is accused of shooting a pistol at a bag of cans that the female victim was holding. He allegedly told authorities that he had intended to scare the woman.

The woman reported that bullet shrapnel caused several puncture wounds on her legs. Hospital x-rays showed that several pieces of the bullet had lodged under the skin of both of her legs.

Authorities claimed that Strong had admitted to consuming at least four beers. His preliminary breath test estimated a .186 blood alcohol content, according to the complaint.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.