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South Range gunman pleads no contest

February 28, 2011
By GARRETT NEESE, gneese@mininggazette.com

HOUGHTON - A South Range man pleaded no contest in Houghton County Circuit Court this morning to three counts related to an August shooting at a South Range ballfield.

William Andrews, 38, pleaded to assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; and using a firearm while attempting to commit great bodily harm less than murder, a two-year sentence to be served consecutively.

Andrews' attorney, David Gemignani, said Andrews made the no contest plea because of potential civil liability.

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William Andrews, right, appears in Houghton County Circuit Court today with his attorney David Gemignani. Andrews pleaded no contest to three counts related to a South Range shooting in August.

On Aug. 22, Andrews was involved in an argument at the South Range ballfield that escalated into a fight. He left the scene and returned with a pistol. As he exited his car, someone wrestled with him; Andrews reached over his intercepter and shot a 27-year-old man.

The bullet shattered bones in the man's forearm and lodged in his armpit, where it still resides.

"The arm is not very useful," Prosecutor Michael Makinen said.

Two counts - assault with intent to commit murder and its associated felony firearm charge - were dropped in the plea agreement. The assault charge was punishable by a life sentence.

Sentencing will take place within four weeks.

 
 

 

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