Habitual offender faces prison for domestic violence, resisting police

April 7, 2015
Nicholas Lauterwasser with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Nicholas Lauterwasser with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 22-year-old Walhalla man who pleaded guilty to numerous charges in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 7, is looking at a prison term of up 10 years.

Nicholas Brian Lauterwasser was arrested Dec. 26 by the Michigan State Police for felonies of interfering with electronic communications; third-offense domestic violence; and habitual offender, third offense. In a separate file, Lauterwasser was arrested by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office for two felony counts of resisting/obstructing police and one count of habitual offender, third offense.

In a plea deal, Lauterwasser pleaded guilty to all charges with the exception of the interfering with electronic communications count, which was dismissed.

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said the plea deal calls for 27-120 months in a Michigan Department of Corrections prison, and his sentences for each file run would run concurrently.

“I took off running and got tazed in the process of it,” Lauterwasser testified. “I swung at (the officer) from behind.” He said he fled from a second officer as well.

Lauterwasser testified that he was “under the influence” and “threw something at the back of her leg” during the domestic violence offense. He also testified that he was on probation at time of the offenses. His sentencing is set for May 12. Lauterwasser is lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $25,000/cash/surety bond.

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