Baldwin man sent to jail for drunken rampage.

May 30, 2017

Mark Dekle with his attorney, David Glancy.

Baldwin man sent to jail for drunken rampage.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 29-year-old Baldwin man was sentenced to serve nine months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term Tuesday, May 30, in 51st Circuit Court for multiple convictions stemming from a drunken rampage last winter.

Mark Edward Dekle, of 8327 W. Hollyhock Ave., pleaded guilty last month to two felony counts of resisting/assaulting/obstructing police; one felony count of interfering with electronic communications, and two misdemeanors of second-offense domestic violence and operating while intoxicated (OWI).

Dekle was initially facing 10 criminal charges resulting from his arrest last January by Michigan State Police. He faced felony charges of threatening to kill or injure a person and fourth-degree fleeing police, which were dismissed in 79th District Court during a preliminary exam.

In a plea agreement in circuit court, felony charges of attempted home invasion and resisting/assaulting/obstructing police and a misdemeanor of reckless driving were dismissed.

Dekle “had a violent encounter with police officers during the traffic stop,” Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said. The domestic violence incident occurred at the victim’s home just prior to that, Spaniola said. A “no contact” order was in place when the domestic incident happened. “The violence perpetrated by the defendant has bothered her greatly,” Spaniola said of the victim.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are two to 21 months.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski also sentenced Dekle to two years probation. He received credit for 135 days served in jail.

Spaniola previously stated that Dekle’s blood alcohol content was .252.

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