Iron River man accepts plea deal in knife threat


CRYSTAL FALLS — A man accused of threatening two people with a knife inside an Iron River hardware store in March accepted a plea deal Monday in Iron County Trial Court.

Gregory Allen Maltry, 46, of Iron River pleaded no contest to felonious assault, a four-year felony, and attempted carrying a concealed weapon, a 2.5-year felony.

Judge C. Joseph Schwedler accepted the no contest pleas instead of guilty pleas after defense attorney Michael Scholke explained Maltry has no memory of the incident, and the case has the potential for civil liability.

In exchange for the pleas, Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell dismissed four felony charges — felonious assault, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.

However, Maltry must forfeit the weapons and ammunition from the incident, Powell added.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 18.

Maltry went into the store March 9 and approached two people, one of whom he knew, and pulled out a knife, according to a portion of the police report read in open court.

Iron River Police officers found Maltry trying to leave the area in a vehicle so they stopped him, prompting him to toss the knife from the vehicle, the initial IRPD press release stated.

Officers reported seizing an 8-inch knife, a 4-inch knife, several guns and about 4,000 rounds of ammunition from Maltry’s vehicle.