By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - A Crystal Falls Township man accused of attacking a female victim and fleeing from police on two separate occasions has accepted a plea deal and will be sentenced in Iron County Trial Court on Oct. 15.
Michael Arvid Phillips, 54, was originally charged with one felony count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one felony count of felonious assault, one felony count of home invasion-third degree, one felony count of resisting and obstructing, one misdemeanor count of fleeing and eluding on an off-road vehicle (ORV), and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence. He was also listed as a habitual offender-third.
Pursuant to a plea deal with Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell, Phillips agreed to plea no contest to felonious assault, home invasion-third degree, resisting and obstructing, and domestic violence.
Phillips' attorney Geoffrey Lawrence noted that his client's pleas were no contest instead of guilty because he was under the influence of alcohol at the times the crimes were committed.
The other two charges against Phillips and his habitual offender notice were dismissed.
Phillips still faces a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaints and witness testimony, Phillips assaulted a female victim on the legs with a fire poker on April 3 in Crystal Falls Township. When law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, Phillips tried to flee on an ORV, but officials were able to subdue him with a taser.
On April 24, while Phillips was out on bond from the first case, he assaulted the same woman then fled from responding officials by entering a neighboring residence and hiding in the shower.
The owner of the neighboring residence confirmed that Phillips did not have permission to enter the home.
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