Garden Man Pleads No Contest, Accepts Prison Time
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An Upper Peninsula man will spend up to five years behind bars for running down an ice fisherman nearly one year ago.
27-year old Douglas Barbeau of Garden pleaded no contest last month to failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing serious impairment or death. In exchange for the plea, Delta County proscutors agreed to drop charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, which carries a 10-year prison term, and filing a false report of a felony.
A judge on Monday sentenced Barbeau to one year and four months to up to five years in prison. He was accused of purposely running his snowmobile into 22-year old Parker Bambenek of Marquette, while he was ice fishing on Garden Bay on January 28, 2012.
Bambenek suffered two broken legs in the incident. Barbeau was also sentenced to concurrent terms of 12 months for felonious operation of a snowmobile and six months for attempted false report of a felony.
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